iTunes puts weird words for Russian songs I import.

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I downloaded a MP3 file. The name of the file was in russian letters. I imported it to iTunes. The name, artist, and album fields were filled. But not what I expected. They were filled with À Íà Òàíöïîëå Íåòó Ñâîáîäíûõ. Does anyone know why it does that? And how do I fix this?
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Usually that's when the encoding of the character set is from a native language(That is not UTF or ISO) which is not supported by the language setting of your OS(at least no support for that character set has been installed yet).

To fix it more or less you'll have to edit the MP3 tags yourself. If you want you can also install support for extra character sets (but then again these can consume a few gigs of hard disk space).
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Where do I download these character sets?
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Your Mac OS DVD has them. You can go to system prefs > international and select what you want. If it is not installed then you may need to insert the DVD
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http://fixunreadable.com software transliterates all Russian songs and mp3 tags automatically
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I don't understand what you mean. What tab is it under?
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You can check and see if Russian sets are installed on your computer by checking your System Preferences. See here:

System Preferences<
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I know where International is located. Yes, I can type in Russian language. Mac OS shows me Russian characters in iTunes and anywhere else. But only when I import songs with Russian words into iTunes then it shows me weird stuff.
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Well, I get that too, however, only when I am importing MP3s from my windows PC to my mac. It has to do with ID3 tag encoding (sometimes corruption). I have problems when I import Japanese, Korean and Chinese labeled MP3s. If the files comes from another mac then I have no problems.

Sometimes it is fixed by going to iTunes > Advanced and choose "convert ID3 tag". If that doesn't work then as I said before, you'll have to edit the tag one by one.
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I have a similar problem -- the Russian titles just show up as questionmarks in the new version of iTunes I downloaded, although they still show up in Cyrillic on the iPod which I haven't synched yet because of that. But when I click on Advanced in the menu I do not get the option "convert ID3 tag"
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SOLUTION:

run...
Regedt32.exe

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\Codepage]

change values this way:
"1250"="CP_1251.nls"
"1252"="CP_1251.nls"
do it for all 125#

then reboot, delete old itunes library and import songs again.
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try ID3mod (google it), worked for me when I choose windowsCurrilic
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Thank you for the suggestion! this little app solved 99% of my messed up ID tags :)
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This app worked like magic! thanks for sharing!
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There is an iTunes script that fixes this for most files, but not all. I try it on one. If it works I apply it to all. The script is called "Convert Russian" and can be found at http://mac.softpedia.com/dyn-postdown...
I tried Knight's link, the result was ?????? instead of the symbols. why is this so hard?!
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Works wonderful! Merci!
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The script only works if the problem is a windows to mac encoding problem. I've found that it does work more often than not. Again, try it on one, then try something else if it doesn't work. It looks like the app mentioned here does the exact same thing, so will only work for thee same files. God luck!!
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You have to twinkle you regional language support panel.
1. Go to Control panel
2. Choose Region and Language
3. In Administrative (or Advanced tab) choose Language for non-Unicode programs > Russian Language> restart your computer
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Control Panel? Region and Language? Tatiana, I think you are on a Windows machine and perhaps have not encountered any non-Windows encoded Cyrillic yet. Leon is on a Mac. The problem is there are several different encodings for Russian (3 on Mac alone). The odd thing is that you can type with the Windows encoding on a Mac, but iTunes won't use it when it imports files. Only one of the several encodings out there is a Windows encoding. If the files are encoded in Windows Cyrillic the script I linked to or the program ID3Mod will do the trick.

Alex, having the character sets installed is not the problem. They are installed automatically with the system and are there unless they are removed with a special program (the files are scattered through several programs and other folders). sergsdg's solution cannot work simply because a .exe file is a Windows file, not a Mac file. I still haven't found a solution to the encoding problem when it is not a Windows Cyrillic encoding. I get the same ???? garbage that Layla got in this case. I finally just said to hell with it, I don't really need to know the names that bad. If the script doesn't work I just leave the tags a mess.
When I encountered this problem, I just went into the Get Info inside iTunes, and renamed the russian songs manually. Now it is perfect.
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Sure, that works. If you know what the songs are. As far as I can tell, they are such great titles as ??#*(@#H#Y¥zgr3456
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Hey all, perhaps some this thread is alive.
My iTunes got updated, but with this, all old Russian and cyrillic titles became unreadable symbols. Note, everything was OK with old iTunes. Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks!
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There are apps for iPhone (and probably Android) that can tell you the name of a song playing on th radio. O am curious if the work for Russian songs. If so, they'd tell you the correct spelling in Cyrillic. Worth a try.