TINT-based filing

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Note: For Unix, Linux etc. the form is TINT/ and for Windows the form is TINT\.

TINT\ may be used as the basis of a music library's filepath format e.g. track 1 of disc 1 of the album having TIN 00008637207120 has the filepath C:\My Music\00008637207120\1\1.flac.

The TINT subpath is fixed forever. It contains no metadata, so avoids metadata correction causing inconsistentcy or breakage of references from e.g. playlists. The TINT subfilepath is constant across multiple libraries, allowing playlist to be transported, file extension and content set permitting.

The fact that TINT includes the disc segment number even for single-disc albums means that the folder tree level of track files is uniform for all albums, allowing access to are creation of TIN fields in scriptiong to be uniform.


  • single-disc album
    • C:\My Music\00828766933420\1\1.flac
  • multi-disc album
    • C:\My Music\08427328146067\1\1.flac
    • C:\My Music\08427328146067\2\1.flac

Use in Windows Explorer

To ease identification when browsing the folder tree directly, each album folder may contain a file named <Album> - <Album Artist>.txt or .htm. This can contain track metadata.

To ease location of a particular album, there may additional subfolders holding descriptively-named links/shortcuts:

  • "!Explore by Album title" holding links/shortcuts named <Album> - <Album Artist>.lnk
  • "!Explore by Album Artist" holding links/shortcuts named <Album Artist> - <Album>.lnk.

Use in librarians

  • MediaMonkey - to find a track by TINT\, enter the TINT\ followed by . into the quick search box (on the Search toolbar).

Use in Mp3tag

  • Within Mp3tag script, TINT\ path fields are accessible as the following placeholders:
    • TIN - %_parent_directory%
    • Disc# - %_directory%
    • Track# - %_filename%
  • Tag values may be set to TINT\ path values e.g:
    • Convert | Filename - Tag, Format string: %discnumber%\%track%
  • Track paths may be changed to TINT-based:
    • Convert | Tag - Filename, Format string:
      C:\My Music\$regexp(%album%,'.*\[(\d{14})\]',\1)\$regexp(%discnumber%,(.*)/.*,\1)\%track%
      (where Album contains [TIN], and discnumber and track fields are set)
    • Convert | Tag - Filename, Format string:
      C:\My Music\$regexp(00$regexp(%album%,.*\'['(\d{12,14})\']',\1),.*(\d{14}),\1)\$regexp(%discnumber%,(.*)/.*,\1)\%track%
      (where Album contains [UPC/EAN/TIN], and discnumber and track fields are set)

Other TINT-based schemes



  • C:\My Music\08427328146067-2\1.flac [TINT]
  • C:\My Music\08427328146067-2-1.flac [TINT]
  • C:\My Music\08427328146067\2-1.flac [TINT]


  • C:\My Music\828766933420-1_El_rey_del_compas_(1941-1943)\1 El rey del compás.flac
  • C:\My Music\40 Grandes Exitos (CD1 of 2) 8427328146067-1\01 Patotero sentimental.flac
  • C:\My Music\08427328146067\2-9_de_julio.flac - would be ambiguous if context scheme was undefined.

Non-TINT-based schemes

  • C:\My Music\08427328146067-002\1.flac
  • C:\My Music\El rey del compas (1941-1943) 828766933420\1 El rey del compás.flac
  • C:\My Music\828766933420_El_rey_del_compas_(1941-1943)\1 El rey del compás.flac

From filesystem to file


1. create a .bat file containing the following line

DIR  C:\your-path-name\*.flac /b/s > C:\your-path-name\myflacfiles.txt

2. run the .bat file (click on the file)

3. the output will be written to C:\your-path-name\myflacfiles.txt

See also