How to correct MP3 tags?
Sometimes ID3 fields of music files can contain wrong or insufficient
information. For example, let's consider a situation when your files have title,
artist, album, but no track numbers (this can happen if you have extracted tags
from filenames (as explained in another our tutorial) and track numbers were
missing there as well). If your filenames look like "track01.mp3", "track02.mp3"
etc., you can simply select them and insert track numbers automatically - this can be
easily done with a program like mp3Tag.
But what if your filenames are created from titles and don't preserve their
The original order is important for the internet search. If you have your
files in their original order, you don't need any other information. Just select
the files and use FreeDB to fetch everything, including titles, artist, album
So, how can we restore it?
Step 1: Download and install the program.
Download mp3Tag to a known location. Run the setup package and follow
on-screen instructions to install it.
Step 2: Start the program. Select the album with wrong tags.
Start the program. Navigate to the folder where files with wrong tags are
stored. You can type the path directly, or click the folder icon on the right of
the path field to invoke the usual "Browse" dialog. You can also navigate in
Windows Explorer's style by double clicking folders.
When you are in the right folder, click "Select all" to select your files. If
some files are from another album, you can unselect them.
Click the "Generate tags" button on the right.
Step 3: Restore the original order of your files.
A new window appears. Click the "Tags from Amazon" tab.
Make sure that the "Artist" and "Album" fields contain correct information
and click "Get albums". Then select the best matching album from the "Disc"
The information will be shown in the preview area. However, our files aren't
sorted correctly, so the fetched data is placed wrongly.
Let's take a look at the second and the third columns of the preview area.
The third column contains titles, the second one shows their order. Now we
should reorganize the real filenames in the first column according to this
Select a filename, press the left button of your mouse. Drag the file to the
right and then up or down. Release the button once the file is at its proper
When all file are at their proper places, reselect the album from the "Disc"
dropdown list. This will refresh the preview, and files will get the correct
information. Check the preview area once again: is everything correct?
If so, just click "Save tracks info" to overwrite ID3 tags of your files with
the correct information. If some files aren't placed correctly yet, you can drag
them to their positions, as described above.
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