MusicBee is following the ID3 standard for tagging.
PUBLISHER (TPUB) is only supposed to be a single tag with a list of publishers.
GENRE (TCON) is supposed to be a multiple-entry tag with each value separated by a null frame.
Hello, I believe if we are using ID3 2.3 (which I am) MusicBee should NOT be saving with the NULL \\ backslashes.
In fact, this is also causing me a serious problem, because Mp3tag and MusicBrainz Picard DO NOT do what MusicBee is doing, and it's causing me all kinds of issues with displaying Genre tags in various places, in the programs themselves, etc. It's how I ended up confused as heck as to what Tag Separators I should be using, and after some 100 hours of testing with all the different programs and tag variations, and questions on the subject at different forums, everyone said the SEMI-COLON was the most consistent and compatible separator to use.
.... and they were correct, including display in MusicBee. More specifically, I do the Semi-Colon for all my general tags, and for Multi-Genres and Multi-Artists I do Semi-Colon and Space.
MusicBee interprets this well...
If I try to put \\ on my Genres in the different programs, NIGHTMARE's ensue in those not displaying well.
Mp3tag WILL create multi-Genre/Artist Tags if you within the program use \\'s.... and save, But you're doing a "manual" bypass then.
Using the Semi-Colon or a few other things Mp3tag WILL save using those Separators, it will NOT "override" what you've put in the Tag like MusicBee is doing, saving the backslashes instead as separators. Neither will Picard. Picard unlike Mp3tag won't even create multi-tags if you save with backslashes... It will all just be ONE Genre etc. tag text as entered.
Bottom line, this IS a BUG in MusicBee.... When ID3 2.3 editing is done, the program should ONLY be saving what we put in there and under ONE Tag.
I've noticed MusicBee doesn't do this for OTHER Tags also... such as Artist, the \\ backslashes are put in there on Save. This should not happen.
So, this needs to be fixed ASAP... 2.4 is what's properly compatible with Multi-Tags... not 2.3.
BTW, I've noticed that when saving "Artwork" in MusicBee the proper saving is done, blackslashes are not added to the other tags, that I've noticed anyway.
Crap, that's wrong.... Son of a ****... So THAT is how I've noticed some files still having \\'s when I removed them all.
So, I was wrong, even when saving Artwork backslashes ARE saved, replacing likely ALL other Tag Separators.
The test I just did at least did so on my Artist and Genre Tags....
BTW, anyone that wants to verify what I'm saying, see here: https://community.metabrainz.org/t/multiple-artists-and-genres-as-multiple-tags/412255/4?u=leeuniverse
This guy is long brilliant all things Tagging etc., plus, I've verified it from experience, Picard and Mp3tag don't save with backslashes when ID3 2.3 is used. They ONLY save what you've used as a separator.