I have a bunch of MP3 files (a few hundred) that have embedded lyrics. These lyrics show up when the files are played on an iPod touch, or in Windows Media Player with captions turned on.

What I'd like to do is somehow batch-export the lyrics data from these MP3 files into plain text files. I know I can open the tag editor in Windows Media Player and manually copy-and-paste the data into notepad, but doing that hundreds of times would be very tedious. Any idea how this could be easily done in batch?


MP3Tag is one of the best MP3 tag editors available for Windows currently. Since lyrics are stored in the file's ID3 tags, you can use this software to export out the data to a text file.

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  • That looks promising! Does that software allow batch-processing of a bunch of files at once? – Joshua Carmody Sep 15 '09 at 20:06
  • Yeps. :) it even auto pulls ID3 data from external servers if you wanna. – caliban Sep 15 '09 at 20:12
  • I successfully used this to get the data I needed. Thanks a bunch. – Joshua Carmody Sep 18 '09 at 14:58
  • The tag to export is "UNSYNCEDLYRICS" and is referenced here: help.mp3tag.de/main_tags.html Sample export templates are archived here: forums.mp3tag.de/?showtopic=1563 – user326177 Apr 18 '16 at 15:57

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