What software do you recommend for editing MP3 ID3 tags?

(The OS is Windows XP.)

  • Other than Windows Media Player? Jul 16, 2009 at 8:46
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    i'd never recommend WMP for tag editing. i rarely recommend it for anything... Jan 3, 2010 at 12:59

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I use MP3TAG


Batch Tag Editing Write ID3v1.1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, MP4, WMA, APEv2 Tags and Vorbis Comments to multiple files at once.

Support for Cover Art Download and add album covers to your files and make your library even more shiny.

Import from Amazon, discogs, freedb Save typing and import tags from online databases like Amazon, discogs, freedb and more.

Replace characters or words Replace strings in tags and filenames (with support for Regular Expressions).

Create Playlists automatically Create and manage playlists automatically while editing.

Rename files from tags Rename files based on the tag information and import tags from filenames.

Export to HTML, RTF, CSV Generate nice reports and lists of your collection based on user-defined templates.

Full Unicode Support User-interface and tagging are fully unicode compliant.


I use the excellent TagScanner.

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  • Rename files based on the tag and file information
  • Powerful multiple files tag editor
  • Import tag information from an online databases like freedb or Amazon
  • Manual text-search for information in freedb
  • Generate tag information from file/foldernames
  • Words replacement and case conversion from tags and filenames
  • Full support for Unicode
  • Supports MP3, OGG, Musepack, Monkey's Audio, FLAC, AAC, OptimFROG, SPEEX, WavePack, TrueAudio, WMA, MP4 files
  • Supports ID3 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4 tags, APE v1 and v2 tags, Vorbis Comments, WMA tags and MP4(iTunes) metadata
  • Supports for embedded lyrics and cover art
  • TAGs versions conversions
  • Playlists editor
  • Playlists export to HTML, Excel and CSV(e.g. for MySQL)
  • Multilanguage interface
  • Built-in multiformat player
  • How much does it cost?
    – random
    Jul 19, 2009 at 7:19
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    Nothing! It's free :) Jul 19, 2009 at 7:53

I use MediaMonkey.

It's a decent ripper and player too.


I like PicardTagger, mainly because it uses large database of tags at http://musicbrainz.org. Once tagged, Picard can update changed tags.

It takes a while to get used to Picard, but it's worth the effort.


I use TagScanner and it's pretty good. Crashes sometimes when it's searching for track info from the online DB's. MP3Tag. It's actually very good but there are minor issues:

  • I'd like the ability to specify which fields to when pulling data from the online DB's.
  • Parsing data from file names works but the parser is not that strong. For example I had multi-CD album with file names like 101-artist-trackname.mp3, 201-artist-trackname.mp3, etc, where the first digit = CD#, next two digits = track title. It worked for the most part but it would not parse the CD# and track# out. It treated all three digits as track # unless I told it the 1 was a constant. So i had to parse each CD one at time, with the CD# hardcoded. Would be nice to have RegEx or javascript support for all the text transforms.
  • The UI is non-Windows native. I don't know what it's built in but none of the windows UI conventions work (keyboard shortcuts, etc). Took a little getting used to.
  • Can't upload data into online track info DB's.

It's still the best I've used though. Haven't tried MP3Tag yet, I heard good things about it.


I used MP3 Collector for a while. It was quite nice, but lately I've just been using winamp, which has an option to mass tag entries in your media library using ctrl-e

I will check that MP3TAG over the weekend...


I used to use The Godfather.

It's old but and has not been updated in a long time, but it worked well and had a lot of powerfull features.

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