Odd quirk in track number on export to MP3

I use Audacity as an audio notebook and try to record ONE musical idea every day prior to work as an exercise. I output the files by date and export to MP3 starting with track #260 in early January, and count my way down to track #001 close to the end of the year. Overall, I love the application, and it does what I need it to do extremely well.

One quirk I’ve noticed, though. As I export my MP3s, the file number as part of the export is usually fine. Works as expected from the 200s down through the 100s. However, once I count down past around 80 or so, the number I request to include in the metadata when I’m saving the file is NOT the number I see in the generated file. I’ll specify a track number of #075, but the generated file will list the track number as #61.

Has anyone else experienced this? It’s a small thing, and I can correct that as a part of my working process. I don’t think I’m doing anything different, but somehow I get different results in the export process.

Any thoughts?


According to whom?

I can see your issue here:

Audacity writes the track as 075, and Windows reads it as 61. BUT Mp3tag shows it as 75.

Metadata is not Audacity’s forte to begin with but until you can get Mp3tag and Windows to agree, I don’t think this is something the developers are going to spend any time on.

Thank you for that. I had not compared different ‘opinions’ on my system for what the track number is. At least I know it’s not just my imagination or fat fingers entering something.

What threw me was that for higher values, it works as expected.

I appreciate the explanation. It’s certainly a small extra step to do, so I don’t mind doing it. Certainly well-worth the added value that Audacity brings for everything else I use it for.

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