Provided by: id3_1.1.0-3_amd64
id3 — an ID3 tag editor
id3 [-tTaAycg newdata] file... id3 -l file... id3 -d file... id3 -L
The id3 tool is an ID3 v1.1 tag editor. ID3 tags are traditionally put at the end of compressed streamed audio files to denote information about the audio contents. Up to thirty characters of Title, Artist, and Album information can be stored, as well as a 28-character comment, four-digit year, track number up to 255, and an enumerated genre. The id3 tool accepts the following command-line options: -t title Sets the title tag to the first 30 characters of the title argument. -T track Sets the track tag to a number between 0 and 255. -a artist Sets the artist tag to the first 30 characters of the artist argument. -A album Sets the album tag to the first 30 characters of the album argument. -y year Sets the year tag to the first 4 characters of the year argument. -c comment Sets the comment tag to the first 28 characters of the comment argument. -g genre Sets the genre number tag using a genre number or predefined genre label. -l List/view the ID3 tag. -L List all genre tags. -R Use rfc822-style output for tag printout. --d Delete the ID3 tag.
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The id3 utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
The ID3 version 1 (and 1.1) format has never really been standardized. The id3 tool follows what is pretty much a commonly-agreed-on file format.
The ID3 format has some shortcomings. There is a 1 in 16777216 chance of your mp3 having a certain bit-pattern, causing id3 to write over the last 128 bytes of your mp3 upon tag creation. If you add a track number to an ID3 v1.0 tag, the last two characters of the comment string will be truncated. Any bugs found in the id3 tool should be forwarded to the author.
The id3 tool was originally developed by Robert Woodcock ⟨firstname.lastname@example.org⟩. Some patches were developed by Stefan Ott ⟨email@example.com⟩. In 2016, development was taken over by Peter Pentchev ⟨firstname.lastname@example.org⟩.