In the need of structuring my MP3 collection, I wrote the class
MP3FileInfo as a read-only wrapper for id3lib. id3lib is an open-source software library for manipulating ID3v1/v1.1 and ID3v2 tags. Since id3lib is a very powerful library, the API is also quite complex. That's why a wrapper class with a more interface is very useful.
How to use
MP3FileInfo uses a slightly different initialization concept. The constructor does nothing apart from initializing all member variables to zero/false. A call to
Init() is needed in order to extract the actual data. But one can call
Init() as often as wanted without any memory leak. All data is being freed before the data of the new file is extracted.
It is recommended to check
MP3FileInfo::isOK() before doing any action.
After successfully calling
Init(const char* cszFilename), the class provides the following public members:
char* szFilename - Zero terminated Filename as supplied by
int nFileSize - Size of the file in bytes
bool bHasV1Tag - Whether the file contains an ID3v1 tag
bool bHasV2Tag - Whether the file contains an ID3v2 tag
bool bHasLyrics - Whether the file contains Lyrics
int nLength - Length of song in seconds
int nCbrBitRate - Bitrate in bits per second (is 0 if file uses variable bitrate)
int nVbrBitRate - Average bitrate in bits per second (is 0 if file uses constant bitrate)
int nBitRate - Bitrate in bits per second (if file uses constant bitrate,
nCbrBitRate is used otherwise
int nSampleRate - Sample rate of file in Hertz
char* szBitRate - Human readable string containing bitrate information, e.g. "160 kbit/s" or "147 kbit/s (VBR)"
char* szMpegLayer - MPEG layer information, e.g. "Layer III"
char* szMpegVersion - MPEG version information, e.g. "MPEG 1"
char* szChannelMode - Channel mode, e.g. "Stereo", "Single Channel"
ID3v1 Tag Elements (and up):
char* szArtist; - Artist of song
char* szTitle; - Song title
char* szAlbum; - Album
char* szComment; - Comment
char* szTrack; - Track description (may contain non-numeric characters)
char* szYear; - Year of publication/performance (may contain non-numeric characters)
char* szGenre; - Name of Genre
int nTrack; - Track number extracted of szTrack
int nYear; - Year of publication/performance extract of szYear
ID3v2-specific Tag Elements (only common):
char* szComposer; - Composer of song
char* szCopyright; - Copyright notices
char* szEncodedBy; - Encoded by, often used by audio converting programs like Exact Audio Copy
char* szOriginalArtist; - Original Artist, useful if the song is covered
char* szURL; - URL, e.g. Link to the homepage of an artist
Note: Most strings and numbers may be zero if a field isn't defined. The ID3v2-specific strings are only available if
true (should be obvious). All ID3v1-specific elements are superceded by the corresponding ID3v2 field if present and non-zero/non-empty.
- May 31, 2003 - First Release 1.0.0
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