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The Salty Bible

1. Organization

1.1. Use a consistent file structure: %albumartist%/%albumtitle% (%albumedition%)/%disc%-$pad(%track%, 2). %title% as the minimum with the edition present only where applicable.

1.2. Lowercase all file extensions.

1.3. Include an AccurateRip log for all releases with a rip log.

1.4. Use proper physically identifiable names for scans.

1.5. Name .cue, .log and .accurip files as CD1, CD2, etc.

1.6. Do not keep .m3u, .m3u8, foo_dr.txt or audiochecker.log files.

1.7. Do not pick apart releases.

1.8. Do not merge releases.

2. Formats

2.1. Encode all lossless audio to FLAC with the highest compression level.

2.2. Do not encode lossy to lossless or lossless to lossy.

2.3. Keep covers square whenever possible, crop/resize if feasible.

2.4. Keep the size of square covers to multiples of 100px.

2.5. Keep the shortest side of the cover at a minimum of 1000px.

2.6. Prefer 100%LOG CD rips over 16bit/44kHz WEB rips.

2.7. Encode all lossless scans to PNG.

2.8. Do not transliterate languages.

2.9. Avoid vinyl/cassette rips if possible.

2.10. Avoid MQA if possible, mark it if unavoidable.

3. Tags

3.1. Always use "Various Artists" for various artists.

3.2. Fill in at least the following tags: TITLE, ARTIST, ALBUMTITLE, ALBUMARTIST, DATE, TRACKNUMBER, TRACKTOTAL, DISCNUMBER, DISCTOTAL.

3.3. Do not use multi-valued tags for any tags except ARTIST and GENRE.

3.4. Do not embed covers, scans or cuesheets.

3.5. Do not keep XMP or EXIF data in images.

3.6. Do not use fancy unicode symbols for common punctuation marks.

3.7. Do not include featured artists in track titles.

3.8. Do not move "The" to the end of an artist name.


Updated 2022/10/29