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Over the years, I’ve ripped CDs in various formats. In the beginning, it was MP3, but I soon switched to OGG. A few years ago I, it made the switch to FLAC. Unfortunately, that leaves me with a large “sediment” of files in lossy formats and I’ve started to rip those again — for the last time, I hope.

The ripping is tedious, but redoing the tags would be far worse. So here’s a script to help avoid the drudgery.

This is how it is used:

$ copytags.rb --help
Usage: copytags [options] from_pattern to_pattern
    -n, --dry-run                    Don't run any commands, just print them
    -t, --tag                        copy tags from matching files (default)
    -T, --no-tag                     do not copy tags from matching files
    -r, --rename                     rename from matching files
    -R, --no-rename                  do not rename from matching files (default)
    -q, --quiet                      Display less information
    -v, --verbose                    Display extra information
    -h, --help                       Show this message

Examples
    # Copy tags from 1.Track.ogg to 1.Track.flac
    copytags '%.1d.*.ogg' '%.1d.*.flac'

    # Copy tags from 01.Track.ogg to 01.Track.flac
    copytags '%.2d.*.ogg' '%.2d.*.flac'
                                                                                                                                                    
    # Assuming 1.Song.ogg, rename 1.Track.flac to 1.Song.flac                                                                                       
    copytags -rT '%.1d.*.ogg' '%.1d.*.flac'                                                                                                         

And this is the script:

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