Sonos id3v2 tags

Over on the Sonos forums I asked about which ID3v2 tags the Sonos uses. I got a great reply that seems to be correct, reproducing it here. It’s from Rick Parsons aka “renowden”.

TIT2 [Title/songname/content description] – commonly called Track

On the Sonos this is called “Track” and is available in an index and on the controller screen when the track is playing.

TPE2 [Band/orchestra/accompaniment] – commonly called Album Artist

On the Sonos this is called “Artist” as an index but does not appear on the display at all when a track is playing.

TPE1 [Lead performers(s)/soloist(s)] – commonly called Artist.

On the Sonos this is called “Contributing Artist” as an index. It shown on the display as “Artist” when a track is playing. In theory multiple artists can be put in this field (separated by a “/” but some tag editors show it as a “;”). In practice the Sonos sometimes shows only the last one on the list. I haven’t been able to determine why.

TALB [Album/movie/show title] – commonly called Album

On the Sonos this is used as an index. It also shows on the display when a track is playing.

TRCK [Track number/position in set]

This is not displayed anywhere but is used to determine the track order in albums.

TCOM [Composer(s)]

This is used as an index but does not show on the display during playback.

TCON [Content type] – commonly called Genre.

This is used as an index but does not show on the display during playback.

COMM [Comments] {iTunNORM}

This is written by iTunes and is discussed at length elsewhere. In summary it can, in the right conditions, be used to level the volume of playback.

There is another tag written by Windows media Player which performs a similar function to iTunNORM but I haven’t discovered what it is.