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I've seen various players, song library managers, and other apps strip tags from mp3s. So it's not that hard to mistakenly delete or modify tags in batch.

I've seen a lot of suggestions for automatically downloading ID3 tags for MP3s, using various applications. But they all come from each application's crowd-sourced database (or a shared one).

How can I backup my tags locally (and by backup, I mean: be able to re-apply with ease - ie: the restore function of backing up), using my data, and not worrying about the crowd not doing it my way? Preferably without just duplicating all the MP3s.

I would like my info (custom entries for id3 tags) held somewhere other than embedded in the directory tree/filenames or in only the ID3 tags (pref a text file or DB that's not buried in an application, but I might take that, too). Ie: if your tags get wiped, and your files get moved/renamed - how do you get the custom information that you entered back? Manually cutting and replacing each field, in each tag, for each song - after getting them changed back to the default crowd-sourced tags - is ridiculous. I'd like a local solution, as that computer is not on the internet.

A solution might be to export every id3 field into the filename; however I have to ensure that the filename delimiter between each tag used in the name is not used within every tag - and makes for horrifically long and harder to use filenames.

Prefer windows, but other solutions are welcome.

  • MP3Tag has some pretty powerful features. – Mike Lowery Sep 13 at 23:58
  • There appear to be three (blog?) entries at that link. They all talk about using filenames/directories to inform tags or the reverse: using tags to make/change directories/filenames. I thought I wrote my question more clearly? I would like my info held somewhere other than the directory tree or the ID3 tags (pref a text file or DB that's not buried in an application, but I might take that, too). If your tags get wiped, and your files get moved - how do you get the custom information that you entered back? – user3082 Sep 14 at 6:02
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    I know it's not a direct answer to your question, that's why I made it a comment. My point is that you can write scripts with that app that may accomplish what you're looking for. – Mike Lowery Sep 14 at 7:14
  • I think a better link to communicate that would be: 'Maybe the scripting functions in mp3tag could be used? help.mp3tag.de/main_scripting.html '. I'll investigate this some more. The features link was not enticing, nor clear that scripting might be possible. – user3082 Sep 14 at 7:20
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    Tag Backup.....jampal.sourceforge.net/tagbkup.html – Moab Sep 14 at 13:19

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