I'm trying to convert mp3 files to ogg, but I found a problem: most or all of the metadata is disappearing after the conversion. Is there a way to keep it?

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    Alexander - its a good question - upvote from me. However, as I'm sure you are aware - converting from one lossy format such as mp3 to another lossy format such as ogg will lose you noticable audio quality. If you can, re-rip your collection straight into ogg format. – fossfreedom Aug 26 '11 at 20:39
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    Can you include information about how you're doing the conversion? – Kris Harper Aug 26 '11 at 20:41
  • Have you tried using soundconverter? – N.N. Aug 26 '11 at 20:45

The userfriendly program soundconverter (Gnome Sound Converter) retains at least artist, title, album, comment and year(*) when converting to ogg.

The command line program sox retains at least artist, title, album and year(*), but apparently not comment.

sox xxx.mp3 xxx.ogg

(*) some programs may disagree if year is release time tag or recording time tag.


Try this:

id3cp -1 file.mp3 file.ogg

This should copy tags from mp3 file to the ogg one.

  • user1671913 said about this method: "it'll write those tags as an id3 attachment, which most tools appear either ignore or mark as corrupt." – Eliah Kagan Jan 18 '13 at 4:16

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