I’m not a huge classical fan. Out of about 400 CDs, I have about 10 that are classical, and other than my Planets CD, they’re compilations of mainstream popular classics.
Anyhow I started ripping them last night and compared to the other CDs I’ve ripped which are rock/pop/mor/compilations, these are a nightmare. iTunes downloads the tags from Gracenote, but there’s just no consistency regarding what info is in what field. For example sometimes the ‘Artist’ is the conductor and orchestra, sometimes it’s the composer. Sometimes where it’s the orchestra, the wrong orchestra is quoted. On a few tracks on one CD (but not consistently across the CD), it says ‘Various Artists’! Then with the track titles, sometimes they quote the composer before the title, sometimes they don’t, totally at random on the same CD.
Anyhow I just wanted to say, if you’re heavily into classical music and you’ve got something like 200 or more classical CDs to rip, then based on my experience, you have my sympathy. I did just four double albums last night in the space of about three hours, because I had to correct about 90% of the Title / Artist tags.