Being an iTunes user for years, I only recently found out what ID3 tags versions are on MP3 files, as I was playing the exact same MP3 file on different music players, and some players would display different info in several fields.
I was informed that this is due to the file having saved different info in its other ID3 versions, and other players reading that other version instead of the one iTunes reads and displays.
For example, on iTunes, the album field would show up as “The White Album” and on another player it would show up as “THE BEATLES - The White Album [jpn]”.
(1) I was told one ID3 version of the MP3 file had saved the first one (and that’s what iTunes was reading and showing) and another version had saved the second one (and that’s what the other player was set to display). The file was exactly the same, it’s just that the music players were reading a different ID3 version. Did I get it right?
(2) M4A files have only one version of tags, which means that (for example) the album field is going to be the same throughout the file, and when played in other players it’s always going to be the same. Correct?
(3) I really want to get rid of this multiple ID3 version tags. While I know that I can use software to strip my MP3’s from the ID3 versions I’m not using, I’d prefer to get rid of the MP3 file format altogether. Is there aaany way to convert my MP3’s into M4A’s without losing quality? I was told there isn’t, but has anyone figured a workaround?
(4) (a) If not, what if I converted them to the lossless format FLAC? Would there be any quality loss after converting?
(b) Does FLAC have multiple tags versions stored in them like MP3’s? Or is it always just one tag version, like M4A?
(5) Would converting MP3 to FLAC and then to M4A make any sense in terms of minimalizing (or even eliminating) quality loss? I mean instead of just MP3 straight to M4A.
Thank you very much for your time. Please feel free to answer any of my questions you feel like. Or you can also suggest anything else that didn't cross my mind and just might work for me.