About Media File Properties

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By default MediaMonkey saves tags in the MediaMonkey database as well as in the tags of the media files themselves. Shown below is a table of all properties stored in the MediaMonkey database vs. which properties are stored in media files tags.

  • Yes indicates that the information is included in the media file tag (as well as the MediaMonkey database) ^.
  • No indicates that it isn't saved to the media file tags and is only saved in the MediaMonkey database.
  • Non-Standard indicates that it is saved in the media file tags, but that no clear standard exists for how this field should be tagged, and consequently it may not be readable by other media players.
  • Tags enclosed in [] square brackets are read but not written.
Property MP3 (ID3v2), AIFF ¤ OGG / FLAC WMA M4A / M4B / M4P / MP4 # MPC (APEv2 ‡) APE (APEv2 ‡) WAV (RIFF) AVI (RIFF INFO, IDIVX) MOV WMV MKV [read only] ^
Title Yes (TIT2) ¤ Yes (TITLE) Yes (Title) Yes (©nam, [titl]) Yes (Title) Yes (Title) Yes (INAM, [ID3.TIT2]) Yes (INAM, IDIVX.Movie) Yes (©nam, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.title, [titl]) Yes (Title) Yes [TITLE]
Artist(s) / Director(s) Yes (TPE1) ¤ Yes (ARTIST) Yes (Author) Yes (©ART, [auth]) Yes (Artist) Yes (Artist) Yes (IART, [ID3.TPE1]) Yes (IART, IDIVX.Author) Yes (mdta:com.apple.quicktime.director, ©dir, ©ART, [auth]) Yes (Author) Yes [ARTIST]
Album / Podcast Yes (TALB) Yes (ALBUM) Yes (WM/AlbumTitle) Yes (©alb) Yes (Album) Yes (Album) Yes (IPRD, [IALB, ID3.TALB]) Yes (©alb) Yes (©alb, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.album) Yes (WM/AlbumTitle) Yes [ALBUM.TITLE]
Album Artist(s) Yes (TPE2) Yes (ALBUM ARTIST, ALBUMARTIST, ENSEMBLE) Yes (WM/AlbumArtist) Yes (aART) Yes (Album Artist, Band) Yes (Album Artist, Band) Yes (iaar) No Yes (aART) Yes (WM/AlbumArtist) Yes [ALBUM.ARTIST]
Date (Year) Yes (TDRC, TYER, TDAT) Yes (DATE, [YEAR]) Yes (WM/OriginalReleaseTime, WM/Year, [ReleaseDate]) Yes (©day) Yes (Year, [Record Date] - only year) Yes (Year, [Record Date] - only year) Yes (ICRD, [IYER, ID3.TDRL & ID3.TYER) Yes (ICRD) Yes (©day, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.year) Yes (WM/Year) Yes [DATE_RECORDED]
Genre(s) Yes (TCON) Yes (GENRE) Yes (WM/Genre) Yes (©gen, gnre) Yes (Genre) Yes (Genre) Yes (IGNR, [IGRE, ID3.TCON]) Yes (IGNR) Yes (©gen, gnre, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.genre) Yes (WM/Genre) Yes [GENRE]
Disc # Yes (TPOS) Yes (DISCNUMBER,DISC) Yes (WM/PartOfSet) Yes (disk, com.apple.iTunes:DISCNUMBER, Xtra:WM/PartOfSet) Yes (Disc) Yes (Disc) No No Yes (disk, com.apple.iTunes:DISCNUMBER, Xtra:WM/PartOfSet) Yes (WM/PartOfSet) No
Track # Yes (TRCK) Yes (TRACKNUMBER) Yes (TrackNumberString, WM/TrackNumber, WM/Track) Yes (trkn, com.apple.iTunes:TRACKNUMBER) Yes (Track) Yes (Track) Yes (itrk, [ID3.TRCK]) Yes (ITRK) - used for episode number Yes (trkn, com.apple.iTunes:TRACKNUMBER) - used for episode number Yes (TrackNumberString, WM/TrackNumber, WM/Track) Yes [TRACK.PART_NUMBER]
Rating Yes (POPM) Non-Standard (RATING) Yes (WM/SharedUserRating - full stars), Non-standard (SDB/Rating - half stars) Non-Standard (rate, Xtra:WM/SharedUserRating) Yes (Rating) Yes (Rating) Yes (IRTD) Non-Standard (RATE) Yes (mdta:com.apple.quicktime.rating.user, Non-Standard rate, Xtra:WM/SharedUserRating) Yes (WM/SharedUserRating - full stars), Non-standard (SDB/Rating - half stars) Yes [RATING]
Comment Yes (COMM) ¤ Yes (COMMENT, [DESCRIPTION]) Yes (Description) Yes (©cmt, ldes for >255 chars, [desc], [©des]) Yes (Comment) Yes (Comment) Yes (ICMT, [ID3.COMM]) Yes (ICMT) Yes (©cmt, ldes for >255 chars, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.comment, [desc, ©des, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.description, ©inf])) Yes (Description) Yes [COMMENT]
Album Comment No No No No No No No No No No Yes (ALBUM.COMMENT)
Artwork Yes (APIC) Yes (METADATA_BLOCK_PICTURE) Yes (WM/Picture) Yes (covr) No (folder only) No (folder only) No (folder only) No Yes (covr) Yes (WM/Picture) No
Grouping Yes (TIT1) Yes (GROUPING) Yes (WM/ContentGroupDescription) Yes (©grp, Xtra:WM/ContentGroupDescription) Yes (Grouping) Yes (Grouping) No No Yes (©grp, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.collection.user, Xtra:WM/ContentGroupDescription) Yes (WM/ContentGroupDescription) Yes [COLLECTION.COMMENT]
Composer(s) Yes (TCOM) Yes (COMPOSER) Yes (WM/Composer) Yes (©wrt) Yes (Composer) Yes (Composer) Yes (IMUS) No (IMUS) Yes (©wrt, [©com]) No (WM/Composer) Yes [COMPOSER]
Conductor(s) Yes (TPE3) Yes (CONDUCTOR) Yes (WM/Conductor) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:CONDUCTOR, Xtra:WM/Conductor) Yes (Conductor) Yes (Conductor) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:CONDUCTOR, Xtra:WM/Conductor) Yes (WM/Conductor) Yes [CONDUCTOR]
Lyricist(s) \ Written by Yes (TEXT) Yes (LYRICIST) Yes (WM/Writer) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:LYRICIST, Non-standard [lyrc], Xtra:WM/Writer) Yes (Lyricist) Yes (Lyricist) Yes (IWRI) Yes (IWRI) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:LYRICIST, Non-standard [lyrc], Xtra:WM/Writer) Yes (WM/Writer) Yes [LYRICIST, WRITTEN_BY]
Involved People Yes (IPLS) Non-Standard (INVOLVED PEOPLE) No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:INVOLVED PEOPLE, Non-Standard [peop]) Non-Standard (Involved People) Non-Standard (Involved People) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:INVOLVED PEOPLE, Non-Standard [peop]) No No
Original Title Yes (TOAL) Non-Standard (ORIGINAL TITLE, [ORIGINAL ALBUM]) Yes (WM/OriginalAlbumTitle) Yes(com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL ALBUM, Non-Standard [otit]) Non-Standard (Original Title) Non-Standard (Original Title) No No Yes(com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL ALBUM, Non-Standard [otit]) Yes (WM/OriginalAlbumTitle) Yes [ORIGINAL.TITLE]
Original Artist Yes (TOPE) Non-Standard (ORIGINAL ARTIST) Yes (WM/OriginalArtist) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL ARTIST, Non-Standard [oart]) Non-Standard (Original Artist) Non-Standard (Original Artist) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL ARTIST, Non-Standard [oart]) Yes (WM/OriginalArtist) Yes [ORIGINAL.AUTHOR, ORIGINAL.DIRECTOR]
Original Lyricist Yes (TOLY) Non-Standard (ORIGINAL LYRICIST) Yes (WM/OriginalLyricist) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL LYRICIST, Non-Standard [olyr]) Non-Standard (Original Lyricist) Non-Standard (Original Artist) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL LYRICIST, Non-Standard [olyr]) Yes (WM/OriginalLyricist) Yes [ORIGINAL.LYRICIST, ORIGINAL.WRITTEN_BY]
Original Date (Year) Yes (TDOR, TORY) Non-Standard (ORIGINAL DATE, [ORIGINAL YEAR]) Yes (WM/OriginalReleaseYear) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL DATE, Non-Standard [oday]) Non-Standard (Original Date) Non-Standard (Original Date) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORIGINAL DATE, Non-Standard [oday]) Yes (WM/OriginalReleaseYear) Yes [DATE_RELEASED]
Beats Per Minute Yes (TBPM) Yes (BPM) Yes (WM/BeatsPerMinute) Yes (tmpo) Yes (BPM) Yes (BPM) No No Yes (tmpo) Yes (WM/BeatsPerMinute) Yes [BPM]
ISRC Yes (TSRC) Yes (ISRC) Yes (WM/ISRC) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ISRC, Non-Standard [isrc]) Yes (ISRC) Yes (ISRC) Yes (ISRC) Yes (ISRC) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ISRC, Non-Standard [isrc, ©isr]) Yes (WM/ISRC) Yes [ISRC]
Publisher Yes (TPUB) Yes (ORGANIZATION) Yes (WM/Publisher) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORGANIZATION, Non-Standard [publ], Xtra:WM/Publisher) Yes (Publisher) Yes (Publisher) Yes (ICMS) Yes (ICMS) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ORGANIZATION, Non-Standard [publ], Xtra:WM/Publisher) Yes (WM/Publisher) Yes [PUBLISHER]
Encoder Yes (TSSE) Yes (ENCODER) Yes (WM/ToolName) Yes (©too) Yes (Encoder) Yes (Encoder) Yes (ISFT, [ID3.TSSE]) Yes (ISFT) Yes (©too) Yes (WM/ToolName) Yes [ENCODER, WritingApp, MuxingApp]
Copyright Yes (TCOP) ¤ Yes (COPYRIGHT) Yes (Copyright) Yes (cprt) Yes (Copyright) Yes (Copyright) Yes (ICOP, [BCPR, ID3.TENC]) Yes (ICOP) Yes (cprt, mdta:com.apple.quicktime.copyright, [©cpy]) Yes (Copyright) Yes [COPYRIGHT]
Classification: Tempo Non-Standard (COMM:Songs-DB_Tempo, COMM:MusicMatch_Tempo) Non-Standard (TEMPO) Non-Standard (Tempo) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:TEMPO, Non-Standard [empo]) Non-Standard (Tempo) Non-Standard (Tempo) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:TEMPO, Non-Standard [empo]) Non-Standard (Tempo) No
Classification: Mood(s) Yes (TMOO, non-standard COMM:MusicMatch_Mood) Yes (MOOD) Yes (WM/Mood) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:MOOD, Non-Standard [mood], Xtra:WM/Mood) Yes (Mood) Yes (Mood) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:MOOD, Non-Standard [mood], Xtra:WM/Mood) Yes (WM/Mood) Yes [MOOD]
Classification: Occasion(s) Non-Standard (COMM:Songs-DB_Occasion, COMM:MusicMatch_Situation) Non-Standard (OCCASION) Non-Standard (Occasion) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:OCCASION, Non-Standard [occa]) Non-Standard (Occasion) Non-Standard (Occasion) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:OCCASION, Non-Standard [occa]) Non-Standard (Occasion) No
Classification: Quality Non-Standard (COMM:Songs-DB_Preference, COMM:MusicMatch_Preference) Non-Standard (QUALITY) Non-Standard (Quality) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:QUALITY, Non-Standard [qual]) Non-Standard (Quality) Non-Standard (Quality) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:QUALITY, Non-Standard [qual]) Non-Standard (Quality) No
Lyrics Yes (USLT) Yes (LYRICS) Yes (WM/Lyrics) Yes (©lyr) Yes (Lyrics) Yes (Lyrics) No No Yes (©lyr) Yes (WM/Lyrics) No
Custom Field X Non-Standard (COMM:Songs-DB_CustomX) Non-Standard (CUSTOMX) Non-Standard (UserCustomX) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:CUSTOMX) Non-Standard (CustomX) Non-Standard (CustomX) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:CUSTOMX) Non-Standard (UserCustomX) No
Volume Leveling Coefficient Yes (TXXX:replaygain_track_gain, replaygain_track_peak, replaygain_album_gain, RGAD, [RVA2]) Yes (REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_PEAK, REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_GAIN, REPLAYGAIN_ALBUM_GAIN) Non-Standard (replaygain_track_gain, replaygain_track_peak, replaygain_album_gain) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:replaygain_track_gain, com.apple.iTunes:replaygain_track_peak, com.apple.iTunes:replaygain_album_gain) Yes (replaygain_track_gain, replaygain_track_peak, replaygain_album_gain) Yes (replaygain_track_gain, replaygain_track_peak, replaygain_album_gain) Yes (itgl & irva, Non-Standard iagl) No No No Yes [REPLAYGAIN_GAIN, REPLAYGAIN_PEAK, ALBUM.REPLAYGAIN_GAIN]
Initial Key Yes (TKEY) Yes (INITIALKEY, [KEY, INITIAL KEY]) Yes (WM/InitialKey) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:initialkey, com.apple.iTunes:key, Xtra:WM/InitialKey) Yes (INITIALKEY) Yes (INITIALKEY) TKEY No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:initialkey, com.apple.iTunes:key, Xtra:WM/InitialKey) No Yes [INITIAL_KEY]
Extended tag NAME Yes (TXXX:NAME) Yes (NAME) Yes (NAME) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:NAME) Yes (NAME) Yes (NAME) No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:NAME) Yes (NAME) No
Play Counter (Played #) No No No No No No No No No No No
Skip Counter (Skipped #) No No No No No No No No No No No
Last Played No No No No No No No No No No No
Type No No No No No No No No No No No
Parental rating No No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:PARENTAL RATING) No No No Yes (IRTD) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:PARENTAL RATING) Yes (WM/ParentalRating) Yes [LAW_RATING]
TV Episode number No No No Yes (tves for number, tven for non-number) No No No Non-Standard (ITRK) Yes (tves for number, tven for non-number) No (used track number) Yes [EPISODE.PART_NUMBER]
TV Season number No No No Yes (tvsn) No No No Non-Standard (TVSN) Yes (tvsn) Non-Standard (SeasonNumber) Yes [SEASON.PART_NUMBER]
TV Show name = Series No No No Yes (tvsh) No No No Non-Standard (IPRD) Yes (tvsh) No (used Album Title) Yes [COLLECTION.TITLE]
Producer No No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:PRODUCER) No No No Yes (IPRO) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:PRODUCER, [©prd]) Yes (WM/Producer) Yes [PRODUCER]
Actor(s) No No No Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ACTORS) No No No Yes (ISTR) Yes (com.apple.iTunes:ACTORS, ©prf) Non-Standard (Actors) Yes [ACTOR]

† Applicable only for Video and TV.

‡ For MPC and APE Tracks, APEv1 tags are read if APEv2 tags are absent.

¤ AIFF has standard ID3v2 tags in "ID3 " chunk. MediaMonkey supports also native AIFF chunks "NAME" for title, "AUTH" for artist, "(c) " for copyright and "ANNO" for comment.

# AAC does not support tags.

^ MediaMonkey can't tag MKV files. MKV tagging sometimes requires the whole MKV file to be rewritten each time tags are changed.


Other Library Elements

There are items that are only saved to the MediaMonkey database or settings files, but not stored in any other format:

Item Storage
Playlists Playlists can be exported as .m3u files via Tools > Create Reports > Export all Playlists from the Main Menu.
AutoPlaylists AutoPlaylists are Library constructs that can't be exported. Tools > Create Reports > Export all Playlists from the Main Menu will export AutoPlaylists, but as a static Playlist instead of a dynamic Criteria based Playlist.
Podcasts A list of Podcasts subscriptions can be exported as an .OPML file via Edit > Podcasts > Export subscribed Podcasts from the Main Menu.
Configuration Sync, Collections, and other configuration data are stored to the MediaMonkey.ini settings file, the database file, and the registry and cannot be exported from MediaMonkey.
Type Type is a MediaMonkey only tag and is only stored in the MediaMonkey database.
Custom Tag names Custom Tag names are only stored in the MediaMonkey database. The custom values however are saved to the tags for many file types as shown in the table above.
Play History Playcount, Skip Count and Last Played are only stored in the MediaMonkey database.


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