Interesting. I’ve verified the embedded metadata using MusicBrainz Picard and, as expected, the data is correct. I’ve tried altering certain tags and forcing a re-scan but it makes no difference, the WD MBL still mangles the metadata when viewed as a Shared Resource in iTunes.
I’ve logged a support ticket with WD so hopefully they can get to the bottom of this. In the meantime, all my music is being served from my NetGear NV+ v2.
I don’t use my MacMini for ripping as cannot trust Apple to let me do things the way I want.
Using windows to rip my over 300 gigs of CDs into flac format, I’ve found problems with both the way a ripper works (or not) & the database the ripper obtains the tag info. For example, atfter too late into my ripping, I’ve found that freerip for windows don’t always write the info correctly even when I edit & save the info as the editing is fully or partially ignored sometimes.
The databases are user entered like wiki & have found that one has to be quite careful & go thru what info was retrieved as have seen that for a boxset, some CDs can have different titles instead of having the CD number; some entries even have different artists even if it is the same performer & some include the orchestra & conductor as part of the artist labeling & some even use the composer as the artist/performer.
Considering how Twonky does the groupings, I’ve even found many labeled as “unknown” for either type or performer. Found that printing the listings of the “unknown” from Twonky’s html browser helped lots in figuring what goes where.
A problem with windows is the limitation of 256 bytes for path & filename but don’t know it the same applies to the Mac. I’m using EAC in windows for ripping for more accuracy even if it is slower, but I still check things out before writing to the MBL; also a different CD database from freemp3. The byte length limits will apply to selections where the id3 tag included the band/orchestra & album & composer for the artist name.
So, the short is the id3 tags problem is really either the ripper, CD database or whoever sent the entry to the database, or all 3. Using the CD databases is good but one is also at the mercy of whoever made the entry; to be used with caution. Unless one will tediously enter the id3 tags for each selection, album which I did for some old recordings where no entries were found.