I've seen various players, song library managers, and other apps strip tags from mp3s. So it's not that hard to mistakenly delete or modify tags in batch.
I've seen a lot of suggestions for automatically downloading ID3 tags for MP3s, using various applications. But they all come from each application's crowd-sourced database (or a shared one).
How can I backup my tags locally (and by backup, I mean: be able to re-apply with ease - ie: the restore function of backing up), using my data, and not worrying about the crowd not doing it my way? Preferably without just duplicating all the MP3s.
I would like my info (custom entries for id3 tags) held somewhere other than embedded in the directory tree/filenames or in only the ID3 tags (pref a text file or DB that's not buried in an application, but I might take that, too). Ie: if your tags get wiped, and your files get moved/renamed - how do you get the custom information that you entered back? Manually cutting and replacing each field, in each tag, for each song - after getting them changed back to the default crowd-sourced tags - is ridiculous. I'd like a local solution, as that computer is not on the internet.
A solution might be to export every id3 field into the filename; however I have to ensure that the filename delimiter between each tag used in the name is not used within every tag - and makes for horrifically long and harder to use filenames.
Prefer windows, but other solutions are welcome.