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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 original order?

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 etc.

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.

Select files with missing or incorrect ID3 tags

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.

Generate tags

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.

Get ID3 tags from Amazon

Make sure that the "Artist" and "Album" fields contain correct information and click "Get albums". Then select the best matching album from the "Disc" dropdown list.

The information will be shown in the preview area. However, our files aren't sorted correctly, so the fetched data is placed wrongly.

Reorganize your files according to the fetched info

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 information.

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 position.

Refresh ID3 tags

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?

Save MP3 tags

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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