How to Edit ID3 Tags

How to Edit ID3 Tags

If you collect MP3s from various sources, your ID3 tags are most likely in shambles. An ID3 tag should ideally include information about the MP3: song, artist, album, year, genre, and track list tags are all common ID3 tags. The issue with downloading music from multiple sources is that your ID3 tags will inevitably contain some blanks. If you have missing information in your MP3 files and want to update them, there are a couple of options.

Method 1 Using Your Media Player

1. Start your media player. To view the music files, you’ll need to open the programme, whether you’re using iTunes, Media Player, or a third-party music service.

2. Choose your MP3s for editing. Most programmes allow you to add MP3 files that aren’t already in your library by simply dragging them into your preferred media player.

You can also highlight any MP3s you want to edit, right-click (or two-finger click on Mac), and choose “Play” or “Play with… (default media player)”. This will open your MP3 files in your default programme in their current state.

Take advantage of this opportunity to combine all of your MP3 files. They should all be in the same location for efficiency’s sake—your default music folder is the best bet.

3. Download the appropriate album art. While most of the tagging you’ll do on MP3s will be text-based, you can also add album art. If this appeals to you, try searching for the album art for your chosen MP3s in a search engine such as Google or Bing Images.

Try to find the highest-quality photos you can find; while they may look good in a thumbnail, lower-quality photos can become granulated when they expand to fit your screen.

4. Within the media player, right-click an MP3 file. Again, your specific process will vary slightly depending on the type of media player you’re using; however, most media players require you to right-click the MP3 file you want to edit, find some version of “edit file” in the resulting right-click menu, and select that option.

iTunes, for example, has a “Get info” option that opens the MP3’s tag input; Windows Media Player’s menu, on the other hand, simply says “edit.”

If you’re using Windows Media Player and your MP3 files are from a legitimate or primary source, you can select “Find album info,” which will usually automatically fill in the details of the selected music.

5. Change the information on your MP3s. Tags include things like the artist’s name, the track number in an album, and the genre of music; feel free to change any of these.

Batch editing is available for fields such as “album,” “year,” and “artist.” To do so, select all relevant MP3s in your media player, right-click or control-click one of them, and choose the editing option.

Consider looking up the album or track details as you go to ensure maximum accuracy. This is especially useful when entering track number information.

6. Play your MP3s to ensure that the editing is carried over. When you’ve finished tagging all of your MP3s, exit your media player, restart it, and try playing some of the edited MP3s. The changes should have been saved, and you should now have MP3 files that are fully tagged.

You should also re-sync any mobile devices after editing, both to update your library and to ensure that all tags are correctly carried over.

Method 2 Using an MP3 Tagger

1. Download your preferred MP3 tagger. MP3 taggers vary greatly in terms of interface and functionality, but all taggers provide the same basic service: automatically filling in the information for your MP3s on a mass scale. You’ll almost certainly need to install whichever MP3 tagger you download, even if it’s an add-on; be prepared to restart your computer afterward.

TuneUp, a highly recommended iTunes add-on, has a simple drag-and-drop interface; however, the most practical version of the software costs $15. While this programme is generally worthwhile, if you do not pay the initial fee, you will be limited to tagging 100 songs and 50 album art pieces per month.

MP3tag, on the other hand, is available for both Windows and Mac. Its simple yet intuitive interface is ideal for editing large batches of MP3 files, and it supports tag importing from a large number of online databases.

2. Launch your MP3 tagger. After you’ve finished downloading and installing the tagger of your choice, launch it and become acquainted with its settings.

Some programmes allow you to de-select any media that isn’t an MP3; if you’re going to edit ID3 tags, you should enable this option.

3. Check to see if your internet connection is stable. Because the information MP3 taggers use is based on the internet, you’ll need to have a strong internet connection for the duration of the tagging process.

This process can be sped up by using an Ethernet cable to connect to the router.

4. Choose your MP3s for tagging. Locate your MP3s, select the ones you want to edit, and drag them into the tagger.

If at all possible, keep your MP3s organised in small batches so that you don’t have a swarm of poorly-tagged MP3s going into the tagger all at once. If something goes wrong during the process, you’ll want to keep your sample size small.

5. Import tags with your tagger. There isn’t a single universal instruction for this step because there are so many MP3 taggers available; however, you should be able to view and edit a large number of MP3 files within the program’s interface, with the option to scan for and import music tags.

6. Play your MP3s to ensure that the editing is carried over. Although most MP3 taggers are reasonably accurate, there is always the possibility that one of your files will be incorrectly labelled.

You should also re-sync any mobile devices after editing, both to update your library and to ensure that all tags are correctly carried over.

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