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I have a bunch of files whose filename looks like "<Track> - <Title> - <Artist>.mp3".

I'd like to rewrite their MP3 Title tag to be "<Track> - <Title>.mp3" so that each song is displayed correctly on my elcheapo MP3 player.

Since I rarely edit MP3 files anyway, MP3 Tag Tools 1.2 Build 008 from 2003 was good enough, but I can't figure out how to do this with this application.

I just tried MP3Tag 2.46, but couldn't figure out if it can do this (created a new Action, to no avail). I also tried TagScanner 5.1.558, without success.

Does someone know of a good, free Windows application that can do this? Thank you.

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Mp3tag can handle that. I'm supposing your ID3 tags are correctly set (no missing titles, no missing track, etc).

Being all set, go to Action -> New. Name it "Cheap Mp3 Player" or other name of your preference. Then, select "New" to add a new action. Select Action Type -> Format Value.

In "Field", select "Title". In "Format String", write %track% - %title%.

After that, call the action you created in your mp3 files. It works. I tested here.

(If your ID3 tags are all messed up, just come back so I can give other options in Mp3Tag as well).

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Thanks, did the job :-) – OverTheRainbow Mar 17 '10 at 15:30

I've used Tag & Rename, works really well for my purposes. It's not quite free, but it has a trial period. I rarely pay for software programs, and I bought this one.

It has great features

  • renaming files from ID3 tags
  • auto populating ID3 tags from file names
  • editing multiple MP3s at a time.
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Both iTunes and WMP have a function to "manage my library files" or something similar where they can folder structure the files in the library. IIRC (it's been a while) WMP has an option as part of that where you can change the format so you can make it be <Track>-<Title> and WMP will set about reorganising your library and the file names itself.

EDIT: Just checked iTunes and it doesn't have a changeable option but the format it uses is <Track>-<Title>

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I have had great success with Tagscanner. It is the most powerful, but straightforward tool I've come across.

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Thanks. I'll check it out the next time I need to batch-tag MP3's. – OverTheRainbow Sep 23 '10 at 9:12

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