ID3v2.4 Album Art Attachment Incompatible with MTP Device

Bug #684352 reported by Jmadero on 2010-12-02
This bug affects 9 people
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easytag (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: easytag

I am running EasyTag to tag songs for album art so that I can transfer them to my Sony X-Series. I spent a few hours yesterday tagging about 500 albums and found out this morning that ID3v2.4 is not compatible with at least the Sony series (not just the x-series). After going through forums I found this comment:

Under Linux you can quickly tag your files with EasyTAG (a really powerful tool), but when you move your files onto the device album arts won't show up, and most tags will be messed up. For example "ARTIST NAME" would become "ARTIST NAME <- loads of spaces -> X", were X is a random character.. pretty annoying because makes every string scroll across the screen.

I changed to ID3v2.3 and problem is solved, now just need to go through 500 albums and remove then reattach the album art.

Thanks for the hard work

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: easytag 2.1.6-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-23.41-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-23-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Architecture: amd64
Date: Thu Dec 2 10:32:17 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
SourcePackage: easytag

Jmadero (jmadero) wrote :
Matthew Woerly (nattgew) wrote :

 What kind of files were you tagging? I had issues with album art on Ogg files on my Android phone.

Jmadero (jmadero) wrote :

they are all mp3's, it seems like it's a common problem for the ID3 v 2.4 as i have found a lot of forums with people complaining about it. Not sure if ID3 is still being developed or not

James Dick (jamesmdick) wrote :

Hi Jmadero, how did you change easytag to id3v2.3? Mine says in the about-extensions dialog box that id3v2.3 writing support is disabled, but I can't see how to enable it. thanks.

Jmadero (jmadero) wrote :

Settings -> Preferences then you check "Write ID3vs tag" and select ID3v2.3 (matus71) wrote :

please remove easytag-aac which you probably have, and install easytag. Easytag standalone do not allow you to change id3v2.4 to id3v2.3. When you install easytag, go to preferences and change tag to id3v2.3, your media hardware should have no more problems with reading cover of album.

Changed in easytag (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Oliver Joos (oliver-joos) wrote :

I confirm: with id3V2.4 the mp3 checker "mp3diags" complains, and my Nokia N81 and a Samsung Y2-P2 player do not show the album art.

@matus: thanks! Installing easytag (and not easytag-aac) and switching to id3v2.3 solves the problem in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty).

Janus (reslayer-mail) wrote :

Confirm that: after trying to update ID3v2.4 tags of files previously sent via MTP Easytag encounters input/output error, and only ID3v2.3 can be written in this case.
To help others googling this issue page faster I post this:

«Easytag error writing tag type 0»
«Easytag input/output error writing tags»

Don't shout at me.

Janus (reslayer-mail) wrote :

My device is Samsung GT-E2232, although I don't actually think it matters.

Janus (reslayer-mail) wrote :

Ubuntu 15.04 i686
EasyTAG 2.2.4

James Cowgill (jcowgill) wrote :

Hi Janus,

I'm not sure this bug is the same as the one you have. Your bug is giving an error when writing tags, whereas this bug successfully writes invalid tags.

- Can you open a new bug and describe exactly what about the tags you changed when saving them again, and pretty much every step leading up to the bug. If you can, attaching the mp3 causing this would be helpful.
- Is MTP interfering in any way? Can you copy the file to the computer, and then open it with easytag so we can eliminate MTP from causing this.
- Is it possible for you to try a newer version of easytag? Wily has 2.2.6 and Xerus has 2.4.0. This PPA isn't identical to the newer versions but should be good enough:


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