Please excuse any ignorance. I have a new iMac. Also a FiiO X1 player. I have various wav files of music in 24 bit etc. These play fine on the FiiO but I cannot load them with any information beyond what they came with i.e. a number and a track title. I have occasional interest in editing the sound but not so much. Will audacity enable me to edit the track information and indeed the artwork? Or do I need another programme?
Audacity is an audio editor. It sounds like what you need is a metadata editor. I have no experience with that, but perhaps someone else can chime in. Or you could google “mac wav metadata editor”.
There is some metadata editing in audacity of titles etc but not art work. Also how, once edited, do I copy/export the edited files back to the SD card that my FiiO uses?
Are you editing the audio (cutting, adjusting levels, applying equalization or the like)? Or are you just editing the metadata?
In any case, Audacity does not edit the MP3 or WAV filea directly. It imports the file, converting it to Audacity’s own internal format.
See Managing Audacity Projects in the manual.
In order to replace the file on the SD card you will need to export the file from Audacity. See Exporting Files .
I never use WAV files so I don’t know what support there is for metadata in them. Perhaps someone else can chime in here.
Wikipedia says this about metadata in WAV files:
As a derivative of RIFF, WAV files can be tagged with metadata in the INFO chunk. In addition, WAV files can embed any kind of metadata, including but not limited to Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) data or ID3 tags in extra chunks. Applications may not handle this extra information or may expect to see it in a particular place. Although the RIFF specification requires that applications ignore chunks they do not recognize, some applications are confused by additional chunks.
If your primary purpose is editing the metadata I think you’d be better off with an application that specializes in that task.