Music collections are often a big pile of mess. Files are listed in various folders, may use different naming formats or none at all. While some of you may have ordered their music collection in a perfect manner, others may not have done so until now.
Some songs may be tagged properly while others may not have tags at all, only some, or tags in a different format. If you would go through all the files manually, you'd spend a lot of time doing so especially if your music collection is in the hundreds or thousands, or even larger than that.
I literally tried and tested a dozen mp3 tagger before I came up with the best solution that would be the most precise and at the same time most automatic way of tagging my mp3 files.
I did find the free mp3 tagger Picard shortly after I began my research on the subject. All I had to do was download and install it and add a directory that contains mp3 files using the Add Folder button in the interface.
Picard analyzes the files with a click on scan and sorts them directly into albums provided that it can identify them properly. Some files may remain unmatched while all others appear sorted on the right side of the interface.
This worked well for all of my music files except for one single song which I had to manually drop into the right album.If that does not work out, you can try the lookup option which analyzes the files metadata and matches it with song information.
You have to click on the save button to write the information to the songs. I suggest you check every song manually before you do so. Just click on the song and it displays the original and new values in the lower half of the screen.
The lookup process is semi-automatic. Select an album from the list of clustered albums and press the lookup button. If Picard can identify the songs directly, it will sort them into albums in the interface.
You can also look up the information in your browser of choice, or change any tag value manually with a left-click on it in the lower half of the interface.
Picard is a useful program that taps into a vast music database. While there is no guarantee that it will identify all files properly, it is almost certain that it will identify the majority without any issues.
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