I am fairly new to downloading mp3-files from a radio station. I usually ONLY download whole albums, not single tracks.
The downloaded files all have the following syntax:
Artist - Title with spaces.mp3
After downloading, they are sorted alphabetically (or in another way the filesystem from windows permits. This is, of course, not the original order on the album any more.
If I now rename the files listed in my directory I could omit the artist and add a number. But the files would be numbered according to the alphabet, not the intended order on the album.
Before you send me to look for any good mp3-tag-editor: Some of the mp3 HAVE complete tags including track number, others do not. So yes, I tried this already.
Example for tracks as saved on my hard disk:
Keith Urban - All for You.mp3
Keith Urban - Georgia Woods.mp3
Keith Urban - Long Hot Summer.mp3
Keith Urban - Put You in a Song.mp3
Keith Urban - Right on Back to You.mp3
Keith Urban - Shut Out the Lights.mp3
Keith Urban - Without You.mp3
Keith Urban - You Gonna Fly.mp3
The Original order on the album was
1 Put You in a Song
2 You Gonna Fly
3 All for You
4 Long Hot Summer
5 Without You
6 Georgia Woods
7 Right on Back to You
8 Shut Out the Lights
For MY needs - and there could be others like me - I would have to rename each file individually by omitting the artist and adding the right track number (with two digits incl. leading zero) in front of the title before the " - ".
So the first title in my directory would be:
Keith Urban - All for You.mp3 ---> 03 - All for you.mp3.
So what I want, seems impossible, as the program would have to be able to parse and compare words from a directory with a file list and rename the files due to these variables.
If you tell me this is simply not possible, I can accept that. I did not find a program to achieve this task.
If anything like this already exists, let me know. I learned that most things people want are already done by (donation)coders.
Have a great Christmas season - or any other festivity according your beliefs
Thomas from Berlin, Germany