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I have over 20k MP3s which have been run through MusicBrainz Picard a while ago to consistentify the artists/track details. However, I have inconsistent genres and would like a way to scan all files for genres, and then manually choose the genre for eachspecific artist by having the current options presented in a list, then choosing one, and have the software update the ID3 data.

Is there any software that does this? (I use Foobar2000, which in a roundabout way could do this by adding Genre/Artist columns, but I'm not keen on having to select all the appropriate entries to then update them via properties)

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What operating system? – Sasha Chedygov Jul 31 '09 at 20:21
Windows (Vista) or Linux (preferably Gnome). – Alistair Knock Jul 31 '09 at 20:24

I don't know of anything that does exactly what you want, but MediaMonkey allows you to browse your music by Artist. This view will show a grid view with the various tags as columns. You can hide the columns (and hence tags) you're not interested in. You can sort that by any column - including Genre.

This will show you all the genres you've used. You can then select all the tracks and assign your selected Genre to them all in one go.

To anyone who's looking at the same questions as me I apologise in advance for essentially giving the same answer - use MediaMonkey - but it does seem to do what everyone's asking for. I'm not associated with them in any way, just a very satisfied user.

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The same process works using iTunes, nasty piece of software though it is. – Joel in Gö Oct 14 '10 at 10:48

I have used Mp3Tag for re-tagging many times.
But, I'll have a look at MediaMonkey too -- it seems quite heavy weight, thought, could not find a feature that would re-tag in my first glance.

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I use Tag & Rename, which i've found to be very powerful mp3 id3 tag editor.

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