Help: I need a proper method to detect 99% of all mp3 files

Matthias Welwarsky mwelwarsky at
Tue Jul 6 11:49:13 BST 2004

On Tuesday 29 June 2004 09:45, Sebastian Trueg wrote:
> Hi,
> in K3b I need to be able to say if a certain file is mp3 or not (as with
> every other format). The current detection method is a mess but I have no
> idea how to properly handle all the different mp3 flavors without looking
> at the hole file (the test needs to be fast).
> Has anyone a good idea? Does taglib contain a proper check which I could
> copy?

Well, the proper method is to parse the bitstream and see if it is compliant 
to the standard. This is both quick and reliable, and works with and without 


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