Music files are different from other files in that the system can recognize and manage them using their tags, but it is inevitable that there are some incorrect or irregularities in its tags, such as misspellings, information gaps, garbled codes, etc. To make the tags of music files more standardized, you need to use music tagging tools to handle them. Here we introduce some music tag processing tools with their own characteristics.
1. Edit music file tags in tabular form
To be able to display and edit music tags at a glance, we chose MusicBrainz Picard software (download at https://www.free-codecs.com/download/musicbrainz_picard.htm), which is free software that displays the original music tags and Edit old and new tag fields in a tabular fashion, the editing process is as easy as filling out a spreadsheet. The software supports common formats such as MP3, APE, FLAC, WMA, WAV, etc. (Figure 1).
After opening the software, first add the music files. Then the software automatically reads the music tag information and displays it. If we find a problem with the tag information, we can enter the correct music tag information in the “New Value” field and finally click the “Save” button (Figure 2).
If the name of the music file contains the required content for music tagging, we can also extract these contents for music tagging on demand. Select “Tools → Get Music Tags by File Name” in order, select the style of the tag expression in the pop-up conversion window, and then click the “Preview” button to confirm that there is no problem and then click “OK “button to complete the conversion (Figure 3).
To handle music tags in tabular form, another software, TigoTago (download at http://www.tigotago.com/), was last updated in 2012, but is supported in Windows 8 and Windows 10. NET Framework 3.5 (including .NET 2.0 and 3.0) support is required for the software.
First start the TigoTago software and add music files (TigoTago supports popular formats such as MP3, FLAC, M4A, AVI, WAV, WMA, APE, MPC, AAC, OGG, etc.). Then you will see the contents of the music tags listed in a table in the window below, and you can modify them directly based on the original music tags (Figure 4).
TigoTago also supports substitution between music file names and even the name of the folder where the music is located to the content of the music tags.
2. more simple and easy to use editing tagging tools
In addition to the two tools described above, there are many easy-to-use free music tag editing tools that either edit in a wizard-like manner or focus on a common format or common modus operandi.
Take Taghycardia software as an example, which uses a suggested three-step process to easily change music tags. To use it, simply use the small three-dot button in the upper left corner to first select the music directory to be processed (note that music files in the lower subdirectories will be processed automatically); then, press the Go button (Figure 5); finally, simply make changes to the music tag content according to the items given in the prompt box (Figure 6).
If we only need to modify the tags of the most common MP3 format music files, and not other music formats, then we can use Ashkon MP3 Tag Editor, a simple little software. After launching the software, just click the “Add Files” button to add music files, then select the files you want to modify, enter the content of the music tags on the right side, and finally click the disk icon to save them (Figure 7).
If you want to manage your music tags in a similar way to how you normally work with file directories, you can use the free software My ID3 Editor. after launching the software, locate the music folder you want to use in an Explorer-like window, select the music file and click the play button on the toolbar to listen to the playback effect. If you want to edit a music tag, right-click on the music file and select “Edit Tag” to enter the editing window. To modify the music file name, besides using the F2 shortcut, you can also select the renaming template under the “Raname Presets” menu to modify it, or press Ctrl+F2 to automatically modify it according to the set renaming rules (Figure 8).
In addition, there is a free software MetatOGGer, using which we can not only modify the tags of music files, but also automatically modify the names of music folders into more easily identifiable categorized music folders according to the characteristics of the tag content.