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I have a relatively large music database that is absolutely perfectly organized -- except for the genres. I need a program that updates the tags for all those MP3s, but only the correct genre. Any other information needs to remain as it is.

Does anybody know a program that could easily do that? Windows, OS X, Linux, doesn't matter.

I have already tried the following:

  • Mp3Tag: Does not seem to do this automatically for many files, only for a search query like an album
  • MusicBrainz Picard: Will probably re-organize my entire library?
  • MediaMonkey: Does that sort of thing only for albums and the search is horrible

To sum up, I want to do that all automatically, i.e. just select all my files and let the program do the rest for me.

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So to clarify, you're looking for something that will do this automatically? This would mean fetching genre data based on the song/album from another source, such as file-name, folder structure or online. Could you clarify this in your question? – Jamie Schembri Nov 20 '10 at 22:57
How do you expect the program to figure out the genre? Do you have a particular online database in mind? If you're looking for such a database, WebApps.SE would be a better place to ask. – Gilles Nov 20 '10 at 23:52
Well Musicbrainz seems to have the DB, but not an app for tagging :( – slhck Nov 21 '10 at 0:25

MusicBrainz Picard tagger ( will look up many metadata fields fields for you. I'm not sure if there is a built-in way to get it to only apply the genre field and ignore the others. If there is not a way to do this yet, you might try creating a plugin or see if someone else from the community is interested in creating a plugin that does what you want. (

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Thanks for the hint. It's in Python, so I should be able to write one myself, probably. – slhck Nov 24 '10 at 20:44

I am using Amarok under Linux - select the necessary songs, press "edit track detail" if edit only genre field, it keeps the other fields unchanged. AFAIK you can install Amarok in Windows too

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Thanks, I know Amarok. The functionality you describe is available in any other MP3 tagging tool I know, too. However, I want to do that automatically - just select all my files and let the program run and tag. – slhck Nov 20 '10 at 23:10

Media Monkey helps. It automatically IDs MP3 as best as it can and then tags them.

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I said that I already tested MediaMonkey and it doesn't work the way I want. – slhck Apr 10 '11 at 9:20

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