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Music tagging made easy with MusicBrainz

I must admit that I have a big collection of music files. Tagging correctly theses files take a long time, and the queue of files waiting to be tagged is becoming quite big. Whereas this was optional before, I do appreciate now to have the album covert art as it can be displayed when listening to my music on my Androïd based phone ( Acer Liquid Metal ). So I decide to look for a solution allowing to automatically tag my musics files, and if possible automatically recognize the song, and also fetch the album covert art. I found the solution while reading the latest Amarok 2.4 release note. Amarok is a very good music player developed for the KDE desktop under Linux, but which can be used in others D.E and Operating System : please feel free to visit the Amarok download page 🙂

In the Amarok 2.4 release, they added music tagging using MusicBrainz. Whereas i had already heard about MusicBrainz, I had never really check what MusicBrainz was offering as features. So I decide to take a look at the MusicBrainz Wikipedia page … What can I say ? MusicBrainz is just awesome especially thanks to the acoustic fingerprinting feature ( PUID ) which allow to recognized a song from its acoustic fingerprint : no need to worry about tags or  filename, just feed it with the music file, and it will detect the song and filled the tags. MusicBrainz allows also to retrieve the album covert art. Last but not least, MusicBrainz service is free and people can contribute their data to increase and improve the database !

Ensure about the fact that Amarok was using the acoustic fingerprint feature, I decide to consult the MusicBrainz enabled applications page. There were many Linux applications listed like Amarok, Audacious, Banshee. However the most interesting one was MusicBrainz Picard : a python based application, supported by MusicBrainz, cross-platform ( Windows, Mac, Linux ), supporting acoustic fingerprint recognition and of course … free.

MusicBrainz Picard application screenshot

Installing MusicBrainz Picard under Linux Mandriva is very easy using urpmi : urpmi picard. To start the application, you just need to launch the picard binary, or use the entry menu in Sound & Video -> More -> MusicBrainz Picard. Here are some advices to a smooth experience :

  • Enable covert art retrieval support, by activating  the corresponding plugin in Options -> Options -> Plugins.
  • Enable automatic scan in Options -> Options -> Generals ->[ ] Automatically analyze new files.
  • Display by default the album covert art in the right lower part of the main window in View -> Covert art.

Now you just need to add a file or a directory, and Picard will scan. On the right pane, you will have the estimated album names ( Picard view is album oriented ). When clicking on the album name, you will see the list of songs for the albums, and your files will appeared with a green or orange rectangle at the front. Double-click on the song ( or right click -> Details ) to display its properties, the album covert art ( if found ). You have the possibility if you want to edit the metadata. To save the change, select the song or the album, and then do right click -> Save or CTRL+S.

Happy tagging !


Multilingual support in my blog

Since some days, i installed the WPML plugin which allow to have multilingual support for WordPress. You can switch from one language to another one from the widget on the left side, or the links at the bottom of the pages.

  • By default the site will be displayed in english. It will contains most of my technicals and Linux/Mandriva related posts
  • the french site will be accessible by URL. There will have some technicals relating stuffs, but most of the time you will find only my personal stuff.
  • Technicals documentations that i will upload to my blog will mostly be in French.

iPad reviews or an ergonomy lesson

Here are 2 videos reviews of the last Apple iPad. I do hope this will give some UI design and usabilities/ergonomics ideas to Linux dev :

Nous avons testé l'iPad avant son arrivée en France
envoyé par LEXPRESS. – Vidéos des dernières découvertes scientifiques.


Lucky owner of the EasyNote TR 85

Since the beginning of the week, I’m the lucky owner of the Packard Bell EasyNote TR-85 Laptop. This laptop, designed by the famous designers : Pininfarina. This laptop have the following specs :

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
  • 4Go of RAM
  • GeForce G105M with 512Mo dedicated video memory + 1Go of system memory
  • 15.6″ 16:9 HD LED LCD with a native resolution of 1366×768
  • 500Go SATA HD
  • 5 in 1 card reader
  • DVD-Super Multi DL drive
  • 1.3M webcam
  • Windows Vista

I’ve done the minimal setup for Windows Vista and applied the most urgent updates. I don’t install yet some new application like Firefox, but at least, I crate the restorations DVD. I do allocate 200Go for Linux, and keep about 300Go for Vista in NTFS format. I did install Mandriva 2009.1, but as the vesa driver was used, I upgrade to Mandriva 2010.0 RC1. Not everything is working correctly however under Linux.

I’m very happy by this acquisition : the design is top, I do like the silver keyboard a lot, the screen is beautiful. My only complaint is the fact that Linux will not support it efficiently. I will do my best to allow my notebook to be correctly supported by the next Mandriva 2010.0 release.

Packard Bell EasyNote TR-85 Packard Bell EasyNote TR-85 closed

Technorati enabled

Since some days, I’ve begin to register my blog on several social networking site. I don’t know if this will be very useful. Since today I’ve got now a Technorati Profile 🙂


Blog updates

As you may have already notice, Linux-wizard is using a new banner thanks to the courtesy of rugyada. There also others improvements :

  • Email notification support for the comments : This allow to be notified if a new comment have been posted
  • Ability to write blog post in the future : This way I can write a blog, set a date in the future, and the blog will appear later at the specified date. I’ve already test it with a tutorial explaining how to install eZ Components under Mandriva.
  • Fixed accentuated characters support : Indeed, since I switched to UTF8, I had many issues with the accentuated characters. Now most of theses issues are fixed. I will wrote also a HOWTO explaining how to convert your system to UTF8, and some of the pitfalls you may have.


Toujours debout

Eh oui, j’

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J’ai enfin transf

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is released

OpenSolaris 2008.11 have been released, and the new features are really interesting. While reading the release notes, I do appreciate the efforts put to improve usability. Solaris is special because my first unix experience was with Solaris. As I was looking for a free « Unix » to do programming tasks, I end up using Linux. So thanks to Solaris I’m a Linux user now ;). The most interesting things for this release :


What to learn from developement process issues ?

Recently I’ve been very vocal about quality and regressions issues. Indeed I’m affected because my users are affected, and my job is to make life to my users easy. As I’m starting a new formation about


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