Use Mp3tag to organize your music collection

Daniel Pataki
Dec 23, 2008
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Martin showed you an application for removing ID3 tags from MP3 files not long ago, so let me quickly add to that by introducing an application that does the opposite, allowing you to add and edit (and remove) the tags for your files.

Mp3tag has always been my favorite, since it not only allows tag editing, but is capable of handling bulk operations and pulling album info from the web. If you find an old-old CD, or a compilation CD you did, it might not contain tags. With Mp3tag you can easily add the same album name to all the files at once, or (if it's an original CD track list) you can pull the data from the web, 2 clicks and all tags are added.

There are also loads of power options, like the ability to convert tags to filenames, with the parameters you need, creating file names with rules and so on. You can use the auto numbering tool to add the track numbers quickly, case conversion tool to convert all the names and titles to the format you like. Basically Mp3tag is an ID3 tagging "suite", with all the tools you need to organize your music collection. Let us know if you have a different personal favorite!

Here is a short list of features:

  • Batch tag editing
  • Cover art support
  • Importing from various online music databases including Amazon, MusicBrainz, Freedb and Discogs
  • Replacing of characters or entire words
  • Automatic creation of playlists
  • Rename files based on tags
  • Export information and reports to HTML, CSV or RTF
  • Full Unicode support

The program is updated regularly and new features get added frequently to it. The latest version for instance introduced drag and drop cover art support and drop and drop support from Google Chrome.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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