APE Item Value

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An APE tag item value is a value assigned by a key.

Member of APE Tag Item


APE Tag Item values can be binary data or UTF-8 strings.

Binary data is possible but unrecommended.

UTF-8 strings are not zero terminated.

Although the contents is free, some formats are strongly recommended:

Integer Number

List of digits, may be prepended by a '-' character

Floating Point Number

List of digits with an optional dot in the middle, may be prepended by a '-' character.
An exponent can be appended which starts with a 'e' or 'E' followed by a integer number

Date Date
Time period Date...Date
String Arbitrary data not containing characters 0, 254 and 255. UTF-8 encoded
List of entries Items are not zero-terminated like in C/C++. If there's a zero character, multiple items are stored under the key and the items are separated by zero characters.
Time Stamp Time stamp
Lyrics

[Time stamp]Text Linefeed
[Time stamp,Performing Person] Text Linefeed
[Time stamp,Performing Person1,Performing Person 2] Text Linefeed

Media CD, DVD, VHS, Radio...
Title Number 2- or 3-digit nonnegative integral number
Weblink

http://host/directory/filename
ftp://host/directory/filename
http://host:port/directory/filename
ftp://host:port/directory/filename
http://user:password@host/directory/filename
ftp://user:password@host/directory/filename
http://user:password@host:port/directory/filename
ftp://user:password@host:port/directory/filename

Local Link

file:/directory/file
file:./relativedirectory/filename
file:./filename

Other IP link protocol:identifier
e-Mail address mailto:name@host
Binary data Arbitrary data, all data is allowed


Some examples:

Integer Number 12, 1234, -34534
Floating Point Number 12, 123.4, .123, -12., 12.34e12, 12.7E-4
Date 2002-02-28
Time period 2002-02-28...2003-01-01
String Rabits are rabits.
List of entries
Lyrics
Media
Title Number
Weblink
Local Link
Other IP link
e-Mail address
Binary data

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