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An ID3 Parser With a library for parsing binary data, you're ready to write some code for reading and writing an actual binary format, that of ID3 tags. ID3 tags are used to embed metadata in MP3 audio files. Dealing with ID3 tags will be a good test of the binary data library because the ID3 format is a true real-world format--a mix of engineering trade-offs and idiosyncratic design choices that does, whatever else might be said about it, get the job done.
In case you missed the file-sharing revolution, here's a quick overview of what ID3 tags are and how they relate to MP3 files. However, the MP3 format, by itself, defines only how to store audio data. That's fine as long as all your MP3 files are managed by a single application that can store metadata externally and keep track of which metadata goes with which files.
However, when people started passing around individual MP3 files on the Internet, via file-sharing systems such as Napster, they soon discovered they needed a way to embed metadata in the MP3 files themselves. Because the MP3 standard was already codified and a fair bit of software and hardware had already been written that knew how to decode the existing MP3 format, any scheme for embedding information in an MP3 file would have to be invisible to MP3 decoders.
The original ID3 format, invented by programmer Eric Kemp, consisted of bytes stuck on the end of an MP3 file where it'd be ignored by most MP3 software. It consisted of four character fields, one each for the song title, the album title, the artist name, and a comment; a four-byte year field; and a one-byte genre code.
Kemp provided standard meanings for the first 80 genre codes. Nullsoft, the makers of Winamp, a popular MP3 player, later supplemented this list with another 60 or so genres.
This format was easy to parse but obviously quite limited.
It had no way to encode names longer than 30 characters; it was limited to genres, and the meaning of the genre codes had to be agreed upon by all users of ID3-aware software. There wasn't even a way to encode the CD track number of a particular MP3 file until another programmer, Michael Mutschler, proposed embedding the track number in the comment field, separated from the rest of the comment by a null byte, so existing ID3 software, which tended to read up to the first null in each of the text fields, would ignore it.
Limited as they were, the version 1 proposals were at least a partial solution to the metadata problem, so they were adopted by many MP3 ripping programs which had to put the ID3 tag into the MP3 files and MP3 players which would extract the information in the ID3 tag to display to the user.
The ID3v2 format is extremely flexible, allowing for many kinds of information to be included, with almost no length limitations. It also takes advantage of certain details of the MP3 format to allow ID3v2 tags to be placed at the beginning of an MP3 file.
ID3v2 tags are, however, more of a challenge to parse than version 1 tags. In this chapter, you'll use the binary data parsing library from the previous chapter to develop code that can read and write ID3v2 tags. Or at least you'll make a reasonable start--where ID3v1 was too simple, ID3v2 is baroque to the point of being completely overengineered.
Implementing every nook and cranny of the specification, especially if you want to support all three versions that have been specified, would be a fair bit of work. However, you can ignore many of the features in those specifications since they're rarely used "in the wild. I'll focus on versions 2.
Structure of an ID3v2 Tag Before you can start cutting code, you'll need to be familiar with the overall structure of an ID3v2 tag.
A tag starts with a header containing information about the tag as a whole. In other words, they're the bytes 73, 68, and Then comes two bytes that encode the major version and revision of the ID3 specification to which the tag purports to conform.
They're followed by a single byte whose individual bits are treated as flags.
The meanings of the individual flags depend on the version of the spec. Some of the flags can affect the way the rest of the tag is parsed. The "major version" is actually used to record the minor version of the spec, while the "revision" is the subminor version of the spec. Thus, the "major version" field for a tag conforming to the 2.
The revision field is always zero since each new ID3v2 spec has bumped the minor version, leaving the subminor version at zero. The value stored in the major version field of the tag has, as you'll see, a dramatic effect on how you'll parse the rest of the tag.
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