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Posted on 25th July 2009 by Krow in Tips & Tricks


I have a lot of music (legally owned and legally given to me from friends. Where they got it I don’t always know). Either way the tags on the music are all over the place and the file names are just horrible. Some of them are in the format I like (Artist/Album/Track# – Artist – Track Title) and some are not even close. While working at Code Greene I met Dexter The Dragon who is just as obsessed as I am in making sure the file names are in a specific way too.

I was using Windows and Dexter told me about a great tool that helps with this. The tool is excellent and it is known as Media Monkey and it does a good job. But I didn’t stick with Windows too much longer and moved to Linux as my Operating System. Sad as it seems I was not able to get all my music tagged and the file names into the format that I wanted so I was stuck with them as is. But then I found a program after many months of searching. It needed to work in Linux as I was not going down the road of Windows anymore. The program was named EasyTAG.

EasyTAG is just what you would think from the name. It is “easy” to use and “tag” your music and structure the file names in any format you choose. EasyTag is a utility for viewing and editing tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg, MusePack, Monkey’s Audio and WavPack files. And for you Windows users it even runs on Windows too.

EasyTAG has a “scanner” option that is divine. The scanner option fills out tags for you based on the file-name. Because of the way I wanted my music tagged I had to go through a few extra steps to get them in my format but still it took me far less time to rename the files and tag the files the way I like. This process still took me some time to get done but now that it is I am so glad that my music is in the format I want.

EasyTAG is free and does a great job. It even helped me find Album Art that I was not able to find myself. How? I am unsure but I am happy it did.

If you are anything like me and ike your music formatted and tagged in a specific way but have a bunch that is so far gone that you felt there is no hope. I am here to say there is. It will take time but still there is hope. EasyTAG was the answer to my problems and saved me so much time and headaches.

As I briefly mentioned EasyTAG can be run on all types of OS’s. To list a few: Debian, Fedora, SuSE, FreeBSD MacOSX and Winodws. EasyTAG Download If you give it a try I would be interested to hear what you thought of it.

  1. Dexter says:

    Don’t forget MusicBrainz.

    25th July 2009 at 10:09 pm

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