Picard – automatic mp3 tagging

You probably know the problem. You’ve got mp3’s from all kind of sources, some are tagged nicely some terribly. There are some good programs to do it by hand or semi-automatic, but it’s quite a laborious process.

Musicbrainz has a far bether solution though: Picard. You can either use the tags you have to search in their database or create a fingerprint and look it up in their database. This means that even if you have no tags at all you can still retreive the correct ID3 tags. It’s semi-automatic, so if your results are not correct, you can easily correct it (like if there are 3 different versions of the same cd, you can easily choose the version you have). And it has a huge database. It even found several of my more obscure albums.

It’s available both for linux, mac and windows. So you m$-fanboys and apple-fans can use it too.

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2 Responses to “Picard – automatic mp3 tagging”

  1. Dan Gravell Says:

    Ah… yes Picard is really good for auto populating untagged files… BUT it doesn’t solve intra-library consistency. For example, you might want a defined set of genres ‘allowed’ in your library to avoid genre explosion and to ensure genres are at the same level of granularity.

    I wrote my own MP3 tagging software which works by ‘rules’ -> http://www.blisshq.com/mp3-tagging-software.html – I’d love to know what you think.

  2. Martin Baselier Says:

    Thanks I’m going to check it out

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