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I would like all folders in my music collection to be renamed with a date, which is tagged in the music files inside them. Basically, change

Dire Straits - Money For Nothing


Dire Straits - 1988 - Money For Nothing

Which soft or script can achieve that ?

Thanks !

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You can use MediaMonkey or MusicBrainz Picard which is what I use to catalog my collection it analyzes your music and tags them based on the song so you can tag items that have no information in the metadata. I dont see it on the page but it does do renaming based on tag information.

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Thanks for you answer. I already own MediaMonkey but I really dislike its GUI, too heavy and memory consuming. – Isaac Clarke Mar 20 '11 at 12:27
Can it rename folders according to tags, though ? I didn't find the option either. Maybe there's a script ? – Isaac Clarke Mar 20 '11 at 12:36
I have not used MediaMonkey is some time so I may be mistaken but I could have swore you could with the Batch Rename function. You should check out Foobar2000 if you don't like how bulky it is that's its what I switched to for the same reason alongside MusicBrainz for tagging. – Arctor Mar 20 '11 at 12:44
I am already using Foobar as my main music player ;) It's awesome ! I'm going to double check media monkey, thanks – Isaac Clarke Mar 24 '11 at 17:29
For those of you who would like to do the same thing : In mediamonkey, right-click on any folder > Auto-organize (or <Ctrl>-<R>) then input ..\<Artist> - <Date> - <Album>\<Track#:2>. <Title> and voilà ! – Isaac Clarke Mar 24 '11 at 20:56

I've used various software for this type of thing in the past and have had fairly good luck with MP3 Rename. It is extremely flexible in the number of types of rules that you can use for the rename and can include any of info from the ID3 tags.

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I've just tested it; it doesn't appear you can rename folders according to tags. Did I just miss it ? – Isaac Clarke Mar 20 '11 at 12:35
Yes, just start with the root directory and then add "\" between the variables to indicate the folder structure: IE: C:\Music[Artist][Album] ([Year])[Track Number] - [Track Name].mp3 – Alex Miller Mar 22 '11 at 20:07
Oh, ok ! I'll try again tonight, thanks ! – Isaac Clarke Mar 24 '11 at 17:31
OK I just came back from work. It would work if only my ID3 tags contained the "Year" field ! Currently, I only have a "Date" field, set by foobar... One day, I will succeed ! Thanks anyway ! – Isaac Clarke Mar 24 '11 at 20:27

Easytag is a nice cross-platform tool that can rename files per their ID3 tags.

  • View, edit, write tags of MP3, MP2 files (ID3 tag with pictures), FLAC files (FLAC Vorbis tag), Ogg Vorbis files (Ogg Vorbis tag), MP4/AAC (MP4/AAC tag), MusePack, Monkey's Audio files and WavPack files (APE tag)
  • Auto tagging: parse filename and directory to complete automatically the fields (using masks)
  • Ability to rename files and directories from the tag (using masks) or by loading a text file

Get it from

Direct windows download link here

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