Questions Regarding “TAGS”
I am new to new to Media Monkey and digital music generally. I’ve just spent several weeks ripping my CDs to WAV files; I also downloaded a few files in FLAC format. Much time has been spent downloading and/or manually entering correct artist, album, song, date and related data into Media Monkey.
It is my understanding that the information downloaded from the Internet or manually entered into Media Monkey somehow becomes a “TAG” for the particular music file, which, in turn, thereafter identifies that file and presents the data whenever Media Monkey is opened.
Three brief questions:
1) Are such TAGS the same as “metadata”, a term I’ve also heard?
2) Is a TAG somehow imbedded in the music file itself, or in a separate Media Monkey database? The answer goes to the heart of another question: what happens if I purchase a new computer or install a new hard drive such that I have to download a fresh version of Media Monkey? Is all my work gone(!)? If not, i.e., if all the data again populates the correct cells in Media Monkey, then the TAGS must have been imbedded in the music file itself.
3) Are such TAGS proprietary to Media Monkey, or are they common, identifiable and useable by any digital media player? In other words, if the music (WAV) files on my hard drive were imported into the library of another digital media player, would the title, artist, date and other data appear in the “correct” cells?