How To Use Mp3Tag Tutorial: A Guide to Edit Metadata of Your Music Files
If you have a large collection of music files on your computer or mobile device, you might want to edit their metadata to make them more organized and searchable. Metadata is the information that describes the content of a file, such as the title, artist, album, genre, year, track number, etc. Editing metadata can help you sort your music files by different criteria, create playlists, and find your favorite songs more easily.
One of the tools that you can use to edit metadata of your music files is Mp3Tag. Mp3Tag is a free and powerful software that supports various audio formats, such as MP3, MP4, FLAC, OGG, WMA, and more. With Mp3Tag, you can edit metadata manually or automatically using online databases, such as Discogs, MusicBrainz, or freedb. You can also rename files based on their metadata, convert between different tag formats, and export tag information to other applications.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to use Mp3Tag to edit metadata of your music files in a few simple steps. You will need to download and install Mp3Tag from its official website: https://www.mp3tag.de/en/. You will also need some music files that you want to edit on your computer or mobile device.
Step 1: Launch Mp3Tag and add files
After you have installed Mp3Tag, launch it from your desktop or start menu. You will see the main interface of the software, which consists of a toolbar, a file list, and a tag panel. To add files that you want to edit, you can either drag and drop them from your file explorer to the file list, or click on the “File” menu and select “Add directory” or “Add files”. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+D or Ctrl+O respectively.
Once you have added your files, you will see their names and some basic tag information in the file list. You can sort the files by clicking on the column headers, such as “Title”, “Artist”, “Album”, etc. You can also select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl or Shift key while clicking on them.
Step 2: Edit tags manually or automatically
To edit tags manually, you can use the tag panel on the left side of the interface. The tag panel shows the common tag fields that you can edit for the selected file or files. You can type in the new values for each field or use the drop-down menus to choose from predefined values. You can also copy and paste values from one field to another using the right-click menu. To apply the changes to the selected file or files, click on the “Save” button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+S.
To edit tags automatically using online databases, you can use the “Tag Sources” menu on the toolbar. There are several options to choose from depending on the type and format of your files. For example, if you have MP3 files with ID3v2 tags, you can use “freedb” or “MusicBrainz” to look up tag information based on the audio fingerprint of your files. If you have MP4 files with iTunes tags, you can use “Discogs” or “Amazon” to look up tag information based on the album name or artist name of your files.
When you select a tag source option from the menu, a new window will open where you can enter some search criteria for your files. For example, if you use “freedb”, you can enter the artist name and album name of your files. If you use “MusicBrainz”, you can enter the release ID or barcode of your files. After entering the search criteria, click on the “Next” button to see a list of possible matches for your files. Select the one that matches your files best and click on “Next” again to see a preview of the tag information that will be applied to your files. You can review and modify the tag information before clicking on “OK” to apply it to your files.
Step 3: Rename files and export tags
After editing tags for your files, you might want to rename them based on their new tag information. This can help you organize your files better and avoid duplicate names. To rename files using Mp3Tag, you can use the “Convert” menu