Mp3tag 3.0 released with improvements

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 24, 2020
Music and Video

The developer of Mp3tag has released version 3.00 of the application for all supported versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Mp3tag is a long-standing music tagger for Windows; our first review of the application dates back to 2008 (a whooping six years after the first version of Mp3tag was released). Lots of functionality was added to the program since then which has improved its quality even further.

Mp3tag 3.00 can be downloaded from the developer website. While you can only download a setup version, you are asked if you want to install the application or create a portable version when you run setup. You may enable Explorer integration during setup if you want to push audio files from Explorer to the application directly.

The general idea behind the program has not changed at all. You may use Mp3tag to add, edit, or remove tags from audio files. The program started out as a tagger for mp3 audio files but it supports popular formats such as aac, m4a, flac, ape, or wma as well. Integration of audio databases, MusicBrainz, Discogs and FreeDB make the process painless and quick.

The program interface is streamlined and easy to use: load audio files using various ways, e.g, by loading directories or individual files, and use the provided functionality to automatically or manually tag the files.

Mp3tag 3.00 includes new and improved features as well as a huge number of fixes that address issues in previous versions of the program.

One new feature in Mp3tag 3.00 is the ability to adjust the size of cover art; this may be useful if you play music on hardware players that limit cover art size or to reduce the overall size of audio files by reducing the file size of cover art.

Integration of the MusicBrainz database was improved; the tag source comes with two search fields for artists and albums to improve the quality of searches.

Other improvements include better detection of high-contrast modes and visual improvements of menu styles "to conform with system defaults".

You can check out the entire release notes on the official Mp3tag website.

Closing Words

Mp3tag is a great program to manage tags of audio files on Windows systems, especially when it comes to tagging. While you may use other programs for that, e.g. Metaogger, Picard or MusicBee.

Now You: do you use programs to manage audio tags?

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  1. Kommenter said on February 9, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Kid3 or Puddletag for nix, but mp3tag is still king.

  2. dmacleo said on January 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    use mp3tag a lot always been very happy with it

  3. Coriy said on January 24, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    For tag editing, I use Boom Audio Player by Peter Pawlowski who is one of the devs for Foobar2000. It can edit MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Musepack (MPC), WavPack, WAV, AIFF, MP4/M4A, WMA tags.

  4. Arne Anka said on January 24, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Been using mp3tag for many years now, have tried other taggers but always returned…
    And you can use it with mp4 files, too…

  5. Richard Gozinya said on January 24, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Foobar2000 does it all, pictures, tagging, replay gain, conversion, etc etc…

  6. A. Accuracy said on January 24, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Portable Version download:

  7. pHROZEN gHOST said on January 24, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I have used TagScanner for years. It’s kept up to date.

    1. Wolfie0827 said on January 25, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      This is my Favorite too. For me it covers all the bases and is real easy and flexible enough for me.

  8. Anonymous said on January 24, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    ”Integration of audio databases, MusicBrainz, Discogs and FreeDB make the process painless and quick.”

    This is a good thing. My ripping program is Xld, despite that it usually finds most of the metadata, I have to correct or add details (album artist, work and movement in classical music).

    1. Anonymous said on January 24, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Nothing compares to Picard for album matching from Musicbrainz. I’ve tried all taggers which have Musicbrainz support.I don’t know, maybe because Picard is developed by Musicbrainz foundation. Perfect album matching, even ISRC matching. I personally don’t like to rely on Discogs because it’s not really a music database, it’s a store and it can remove a “product”, so my metadata could eventually lead to non existing ID’s.

      1. Anonymous said on January 25, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        Thank you for letting me know that program.

        ”Picard is a cross-platform music tagger written in Python.”

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  9. Sigh said on January 24, 2020 at 11:13 am

    A huge thank you to Florian Heidenreich, the MP3Tag developer, who has stuck with it through all these years. Still the best tool for the task!

  10. Jeff said on January 24, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Yes awesome gem.

  11. Yuliya said on January 24, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I use AIMP Advanced Tag Editor. It comes with AIMP.

    1. Anonymous said on January 24, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      I used to use it, but it should be called advanced… I ended to use a portable foobar installation optimized for tagging, renaming and conversion. I prefer it because it has more options and it can show all my metadata coming from Musicbrainz, you can’t customize AIMP metadata. Also I can convert with foobar from FLAC to Apple AAC which is the highest quality AAC codec. AIMP Audio Converter supports only FDK AAC.

  12. Darren said on January 24, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Such an awesome program. Glad the author’s still looking after it.

  13. ilev said on January 24, 2020 at 9:00 am

    How to convert MP3Tag to portable :

    Download the installer and extract using 7-zip (must be v9.20 or above) to a folder of your choice.
    Delete $PLUGINSDIR (and $R0 if using the latest 7-zip beta).
    Create a blank file in the same folder called mp3tag.cfg.

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