Tag and manage all your music files with MPTagThat

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 20, 2012
Updated • Nov 26, 2013
Music, Music and Video

A program that lets you tag your music files can be quite useful to improve the manageability and accessibility of a music collection.

I personally prefer programs that come with capabilities to retrieve information from the Internet to make the whole process comfortable and to increase the amount of data that you can add to the files.

MPTagThat is a sophisticated program to tag and manage music files. The program has several strengths and weaknesses that I'd like to list in this review.

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MPTagThat Features

I'd like to begin by looking at the most important features of the program.

  • Can burn and rip audio CDs, with FreeDB support
  • Supports the conversion of audio formats
  • Supports many popular audio formats, including mp3, flac, ogg, wav and a handful of others
  • Can retrieve information from MusicBrainz
  • Can retrieve cover arts and lyrics
  • Requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0


When you first start the program after installation you may notice the biggest issue that I had with the program. It sometimes takes a second or two before the interface is refreshed. This may not look like a big deal, but if you have to wait a second or two before the program window appears fully on the screen it is something that needs to be mentioned. The same is true when you switch songs (only shorter), or albums. There is a visible delay before the information are displayed on the screen. That however is the biggest issue of the program, and something that the developers may be able to fix eventually in future versions.

The four main features of the program, tags, rip, convert and burn, are displayed in tabs at the top of the interface. The tagging interface has many settings and switches and you definitely need to spend a minute or two looking through the options to understand how to best work with the program.

The first thing that you may want to do in terms of tagging, is to browse to a folder that contains music. You can include subfolders in the detection by checking the scan subfolders option on the lower left of the interface.

If everything worked out as intended, you should see a list of audio files in the middle. Select a file, and its tags are displayed in a tabbed interface above it.  Besides tags, MPTagThat is listing pictures, detailed and original information, involved people, web information and lyrics there.

All fields are editable manually, which may be appropriate for minor corrections, or automatically, which you may prefer if the tags are either incorrect or not existent. A click on tag from Internet in the main toolbar retrieves possible matches for songs or albums that you have selected. If more than one match has been found, you are asked to pick an album or song that matches your selection.

When you accept the selection, the tags are automatically added to the file, and an icon indicates that unsaved changes have been made to it.  You may also want to click on the get lyrics button to retrieve lyrics for all selected songs which are then also added to each file.

Another option that you have here is to retrieve album or song covers from the Internet and have them added to the files.

The program provides you with several alternatives, for instance to tag music from files, validate mp3 files, delete all tags to start with a clean slate, or identify files which can be interesting if neither the file name, folder name or tags reveal information about the song or artist.

You can furthermore use MPTagThat to remove all comments, rename files, find and replace information, or add the selection to the burner, conversion module or a playlist.

As you can see, the options are quite extensive and leave little to be desired. The CD ripper, audio converter and burning modules are on the other hand bare-bones in comparison.

Closing Words

MPTagThis has a lot to offer when it comes to tagging your music collection. The application is currently held back by refresh rate issues that are too noticeable to be ignored. If the developers manage to resolve those issues, it would certainly be one of the top five tagging applications for the Windows operating system. (thanks Vineeth for the tip)


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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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