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I have some CDs that Banshee can't find metadata for, but Windows Media Player can. I was considering ripping using WMP and converting to Banshee, but that seems like too much trouble.

Is there a way to give Banshee a fallback from its original metadata source (MusicBrainz) to whatever Windows Media Player is using?

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WMP uses AMG as source for tagging, which is great service but it's not free. I would expect that musicbrainz database is bigger, but I'm not sure – zetah Apr 1 '12 at 12:26
So I guess I should convert the files. – Adam Matan Apr 1 '12 at 13:10
I don't use Banshee, but doesn't it have access to freedb database? Alternatively try to tag ripped CD with other player/tagger that has freedb or maybe discogs access – zetah Apr 1 '12 at 14:30

Services like MusicBrainz work because they receive contributions from their users, it's not only a consuming-product.

If MusicBrainz has already provided you with metadata for a lot of your CDs, but has failed for just one, I would kindly recommend you to fill in MusicBrainz the details of your CD, so you can later rip it properly from Banshee and it benefits everyone else.

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I've tried, I've really tried, but MusicBrainz interface is nearly impossible. You can't edit the data you've just entered. You fill in a form, and it's gone if your network fails (no autosave). I've entered 5 CDs and gave up. – Adam Matan Apr 4 '12 at 5:25

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