Retain metadata on multiple imports

Running Audacity 2.1.2 via .exe installer
Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
AMD 3.20 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6 core
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A88TD-M/USB3 Rev X.0x

As a hobby in order to learn how to manipulate digital audio, I use Audacity mostly to make what are essentially ringtones. Gotten to the point where I will often import multiple files, eithar FLAC or MP3’s. But each time I import, the metadata (Tag fields), are overlaid with the values, or lack of values, from the imported file. If I have set up non-standard Tag fields, they completely disappear.

Doubt if it exists, but is there a way to import WITHOUT altering existing tag fields? Bettar still, for my purposes, would be a means whereby each imported file retaigns its own, separate tag data. Perhaps a task can be added to the “To Do” list?

Thanks in advance…

For MP3, the tags are exported as TXXX user-specified frames. If the app you are playing the files in reads TXXX frames, you will see the tags in separate fields, probably duplicating fields that have the same tag names but no value.

If the player does not support TXXX frames you will not see the tags.

This is mentioned in the 2.1.2 Release Notes.

That’s a feature request. However if you import the files into separate project windows, which you can do with File > Open…, then each file will retain its own metadata.

I’ll record your “votes” but in practice it depends on a developer interested in metadata doing the work.