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Is there a tool to do this? I don't fancy wading through 25GB manually!

I have found this, but it doesn't seem to work, or explain how to do what I need. If indeed it does provide the facility to scan a directory and move all the files about based on the tags, which is what I need.

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Any preferred OS? –  Nifle May 30 '11 at 10:59
    
Well, preferably Windows but if there's an awesome Linux tool to do it (that can interact with an NTFS file structure on an external HD) than that'll do too. –  bcmcfc May 30 '11 at 11:00
    
    
@slhck none of those Q/As appear to deal with the physical moving of files on the system to match the data gleaned from the tags. –  bcmcfc May 30 '11 at 13:29
    
First question, first answer: "It can be configured to move files into a hierarchy based on their metadata", third answer: "for moving the files to the corresponding directories" –  slhck May 30 '11 at 14:57

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I tend to use mp3tag for this - assuming the tags are correct, load them into the software, use the convert tag to filename option, and you can move it into folders by using wildcards - for example c:/music/%codec%/%artist%/%album%/

Picard is only useful if your tagging is totally messed up

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Try EasyTag. Works both on Linux and Windows. Here's what you should do:

  1. In Tree View on the left select your music directory and let it scan it.
  2. Select (with Ctrl+A) all files in File View. In right-mouse-button context menu select Scanner > Rename File(s) and Directory...
  3. Type in path to your music directory and the way you want your directories to be renamed.
  4. Press highlighted button on the picture below. Press Ctrl+S to apply changes.

Changes could be reverted with a usual Ctrl+Z.

In this example I rename everything to Artist/Year - Album/TrackNumber - Artist - SongTitle using this string: /path/to/library/%a/%y - %b/%n - %a - %t

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