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[tech] Tag your music right with Mp3tag
March 06, 2012 Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz | Click screenshots to enlarge

If you have ever used Last.FM or other music services which are based on file ID tags, you may already know how many good things can be done and discovered thanks to music tagged correctly.

According to the developer:

Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of common audio formats where it supports ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE Tags. It can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words in tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. Mp3tag supports online database lookups from, e.g., Amazon, Discogs, MusicBrainz or freeDB, allowing you to automatically gather proper tags and cover art for your music library.
This award-winning freeware app (available for both personal and commercial use) developed by Florian Heidenreich will make your mp3 files tagged like charm. It's made for Windows OS only however there are a few ways to launch it on Mac OS and Linux as well.
There are several language translations in-built so you can run Mp3tag in English, German, Polish, Japanese, Russian and many others. The column names however seem to be based on your OS regional settings so switching the language won't change the labels. User-interface and tagging are fully Unicode compliant. It's a light (2.34 MB for the latest installation file, 6.89 MB after installation) and fast application.


Batch Tag Editing
Write ID3v1.1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, MP4, WMA, APEv2 Tags and Vorbis Comments to multiple files at once.
At the beginning, you need to choose a separate folder (or folders) where your mp3 files are stored and the app will load them next. You can assign a default (favorite) directory in the app settings to always start from this one.

Various actions like case conversion, replace with regular expression, import cover to file, import text file as well as other scripts will let you play with your music files in an advanced way. There's also an auto-numbering wizard to change the track numbers (single or with leading zeros).
So called field mapping may be also useful if some format-specific tags. A simple setting will let, for instance, a VorbisComment as Date change into Year or Organization into Publisher.

When it comes to music genres, an available list is very long (which is good). However, if your music database is quite specific, you can limit the list to a few styles of music so that only those would show up while tagging.

Supported audio formats:
Advanced Audio Coding (aac), Free Lossless Audio Codec (flac), Monkey's Audio (ape), Mpeg Layer 3 (mp3), MPEG-4 (mp4 / m4a / m4b / iTunes compatible), Musepack (mpc), Ogg Vorbis (ogg), OptimFROG (ofr), OptimFROG DualStream (ofs), Speex (spx), Tom's Audio Kompressor (tak), True Audio (tta), Windows Media Audio (wma), WavPack (wv)

Rename files from tags and import tags from filenames
You may want to view, edit and change your tags. Mp3tag main option will let you rename mp3 tags and the file names with a use of four methods: tag to file name, filename to tag, file name to file name and text file to tag. Available shortcuts will make renaming even easier.

Replace characters, words and filenames
You can define the desired file and tag names with a use of strings like %title% or %genre% (a full list of strings is accessible in the app so need to guess). A preview opens in a single .txt file.
What's more important, Mp3tag lets you see what sort of information your mp3 Comment field hides so that you can delete its content, if necessary.

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