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The Salty Bible

1. Organization

1.1. Use a consistent file structure: %albumartist%/%albumtitle% (%albumedition%)/%disc%-$pad(%track%, 2). %title%.%ext% 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. Name .cue, .log and .accurip files as CD1, CD2, etc.

1.5. Do not keep M3U files.

1.6. Use proper physically identifiable names for scans.

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 minimum cover size to 1000x1000px.

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 its 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 2022/04/07