Arabic tags (or other languages)


21. Jan. 2008, 17:16

I've noticed that there are different ways to go about this.

عمر دياب (aka Amr Diab) has artist samples on the profile page with Arabic spelling, so I assume that's how it's supposed to be tagged. Virtually every other Arab or Middle Eastern profile page I've seen on with artist samples is in English, for example; Nancy Ajram, Sherine, or Mostafa Amar.

So it doesn't seem like there's any agreed-upon way to tag Arabic tracks. My computer can read Arabic, but my mp3 player doesn't support non-Roman characters, so I can't read what I'm listening to when I use it, so I am trying to change all my tags to English.

Then the problem with transliteration becomes finding the "right" way to spell the Arabic titles, albums, and artist names. For example, Mostafa Amar is just one of the ways his name could be spelled; in fact, a proper non-shami pronunciation of his name would be "Mostafa Qamar", and his first name could be spelled like "Mustafa" or "Moustafa".

Actually, I don't even think is a good website to go by, but musicbrainz often doesn't have the information I'm looking for.

I was trying to tag some songs I have by يوري مرقدي, the guy who did that hit song "عربي أنا" but there are two different profile pages set up for the same artist (by different record labels, I guess).

This is kind of frustrating. They need to make media players that support Arabic characters and quit this transliteration nonsense, or failing that, at least agree on a spelling.


  • rabourn

    Same problem with Greek and Hindi. I doubt it will get much better. Sadly's job advertisement for someone to deal with this sort of metadata problem emphasized their ability to program more than a knowledge of authority control for artists' names.

    18. Feb. 2008, 1:07
  • flaming_liberal

    I can imagine there are the same sorts of problem with all music that's correctly tagged in non-Roman characters. It seems like a shame though.

    21. Feb. 2008, 1:54
  • namnatulco

    You can set your lastfm to translate everything to roman characters. عمر دياب would then show as Amr Diab (note that Amr Diab also redirects to عمر دياب ). I've never used the feature myself (non-roman works fine here), so I don't know how well it works, tho.

    23. Apr. 2008, 21:46
  • flaming_liberal

    How do you do that?

    25. Apr. 2008, 3:20
  • yelow

    i don't know why do you care if you don't listen to any arabic music as i can see!

    28. Aug. 2008, 14:07
  • flaming_liberal

    Well, I do believe you're the first Arab-music snob I've encountered on the web. Congrats! Although kind of ironic, since your music taste borders on the atrocious to me. To each his own, I guess. I don't really see why I should have to defend my listening habits to you, but I wonder, if that's all you bother to say in reply to a somewhat annoying website quirk, why reply at all?

    12. Sep. 2008, 7:47
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