As pointed out last week, it’s important to tag the files of your original music with accurate metadata. This helps interested parties take you seriously, but it more importantly helps them know your name, your album’s title, the name of your label, and licensing information and more. See our picks for current metadata editors below.
MusicBrainz Picard has been described as “open source software available for Windows, Linux, and MacOS operating systems. It’s a free tagging tool that focuses on grouping audio files into albums rather than treating them as separate entities … If you’re looking for an album-orientated tagging tool, then Picard is an excellent option.”
Wondershare.com calls iSkysoft Audio Recorder “Mainly an audio recorder and editor,” saying it “allows you to add and edit id3 tags of the audio files as well. Simply put, with iSkysoft Audio Recorder, you can record audio, get the audio recorded from the Internet, and can also manage the ID3 tags for the files.”
Note that it is not freeware, whereas other programs in this post are free. That doesn’t mean it won’t be worthwhile to you, considering all the music you’re playing around with.
ID3 editor is available on Mac and Windows. It supports MP3 and AIFF file types and allows you to manage ID3 tags in these types of files from a single-windowed interface.
Also not free, but extremely straightforward.
Lifewire.com describes MP3Tag:
“Mp3tag is a Windows-based metadata editor that supports a large number of audio formats. The program can handle MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, FLAC, MP4, and a few more formats. In addition to automatically renaming files based on tag information, this versatile program also supports online metadata lookups from Freedb, Amazon, discogs, and MusicBrainz. MP3tag is useful for batch tag editing and the download of cover art.”
TigoTago has the market cornered on editing the metadata of lots of music files at once. If you’re going to go through your whole library, this is probably the one you want to use.
It’s loaded with useful batch operations like search and replace, the ability to download CDDB album information, file reordering, changing character case, and more.
TagScanner can edit your metadata like mad, but just wait until you use it to organize your music library. Editing metadata is what we’re all here for today, but in the end, it’s really nice to have functionality like TagScanner brings when you’ve got hundreds of music files on your digital audio workstation.
That’s all for this week! Don’t miss last week’s post on how to get your music in video games.