[ITP] id3lib and easytag

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Fri Sep 9 10:37:00 GMT 2005

On Sep  9 11:25, Alexander Gottwald wrote:
> On Fri, 9 Sep 2005, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > On Sep  8 16:09, Alexander Gottwald wrote:
> > See the thread about Volker's libmad ITP.  This contains MP3 related code.
> > I'm a bit more relaxed in this case since it just reads and generates
> > these tags, however, is this tag handling patent/IP free as far as
> > reading/writing MP3s is concerned?
> MP3 files are basicly just MPEG1 streams with no video. The MPEG stream is 
> build from frames which contain either video chunks, audio chunks and extra 
> data like tagging information. So basicly ID3 is independent from the MP3 
> coding process which affects only the data in the audio frames.
> On www.id3.org I can find no information that tagging audiofiles has any 
> license or patent issues. http://www.mp3licensing.com/patents/index.html
> lists only patents which appear (judging from the summary) to affect only
> compression, digital encoding and storing the digital signals in the MP3 
> stream and channels.
> Nevertheless the easytag source contains mpg123 which is most likely used
> to determine the internals of the MP3 data and the playtime but uses an
> external audioplayer (xmms) to play the file.
> Let's see what other people do:
> Opensuse 10 has removed libmad from the download but id3lib stayed. They don't
> have easytag as package.
> Debian has id3lib and easytag packages.

...and I just read that OpenSuse 10.0 will have MP3 support by default
again.  I'm seriously irritated.  I have to look into how to proceed.
Give me a couple of days.


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