With the advent of the internet, it has become very easy to download/purchase/rip your favorite songs in MP3 now and then. However, poor tagging can lead to discrepancies between organization and playback. If you want your entire music collection to look professional with full cover arts and metadata, then you need to use simple tag editing tools to clean out your collection. Here are the six best MP3 Tag Editors you can use on your desktop or laptop computer.
The best MP3 Tag editors are:
- MP3Tag (Windows)
- MusicBrainz Picard (Windows)
- MediaMonkey (Windows)
- MP3 Tag Express (Windows)
- TigoTago (Windows)
- Meta (Mac)
1/ MP3Tag (Windows/Mac) (Free)
MP3Tag is the universal media metadata editor which supports the standard metadata types. It offers extra tools for managing and cleaning up your massive library of audio files. The user interface is newbie-friendly and lets you batch edit your audio tags. You can download and add cover art to your mp3 files to make your song library aesthetically attractive. Rename all your files directly from the tags or import tag information from the filename with just one click. MP3Tag supports a plethora of online databases which include but not limited to Amazon, freedb, MusicBrainz, etc. The best things about MP3Tag is the fact that it’s available for free, but offers features similar to many premium and paid tag editors out there.
2/ MusicBrainz Picard (Windows/Mac) (Free)
If you prefer the entire tag importing and editing process to be automated, then MusicBrainz Picard is the perfect choice for you. MusicBrainz is an open-source database of album and track information. MusicBrainz Picard checks your entire music collection against the meta database and shows you different colored flags indicating how close each track is to the original entry in the database. You can then check each suggestion yourself before approving or declining it. The whole process is automated, so it takes very little effort to check and edit your entire audio collection. Picard is open-source, so you can also tweak the code to suit your needs. (If you know what you are doing)
3/ MediaMonkey (Windows) (Free/Paid)
MediaMonkey is not just a tag editor instead it offers a plethora of different features from playing music to burning high-quality music CDs. In addition to managing all the standard audio formats, MediaMonkey also works flawlessly with video formats which comes in handy if you want to organize your movie collection neatly. Automatically update and organize your entire collection with MediaMonkey with just a few clicks. Edit tags and add lyrics to all your files while getting rid of duplicate files in your collection.
Better yet you can even play your music in MediaMonkey as it offers a robust media player. The jukebox mode lets you play amazing tracks in parties, however, if you’re only looking for a simple tag editor then the free version of MediaMonkey should be enough. MediaMonkey Gold is available for $24.95 which offers extra features including but not limited to Unlimited MP3 encoding, DLNA sharing, bit-perfect rips, etc.
4/ MP3 Tag Express (Windows) (Paid)
Bulk-renaming and editing your entire media collection requires hours of manual labor. However, MP3 Tag Express does it all for you in just a few minutes. This straightforward software provides a user-friendly interface and brings you the quickest solution to edit metadata for your music collection. Import tags, album cover art, and even lyrics directly from online databases. You can also export the entire data in a CSV format. You can get a free 7-day trial for MP3 Tag Express which can be extended to a lifetime subscription for just $19.95
5/ TigoTago (Windows) (Free)
Simple yet effective is how we define TigoTago tag editor. It offers a simple spreadsheet-like user interface and lets you edit the entire metadata for all supported audio and video formats including MP3, FLAC, M4A, AAC, APE, AVI, WAV, WMA, WMV OGG, ASF, MPC, MPP, and MPE.If you are a fan of MS-Excel, then you are going to love the user-interface. You can import tags from online databases and perform mass tagging or renaming operations with TigoTago. If you have a massive collection of files that require tag editing, then TigoTago provides seamless batch edit option to tag the entire collection in one go.
6/ Meta (Mac)
If you are a Mac user, then you can easily manage your continuously evolving music collection with Meta. Meta is one of the best tag editors available for Mac and supports most of the standard audio formats.Meta offers an intuitive and user-friendly interface with quick drag/drop support. Integrate cover art to each track and compress the image file to keep the file size at a minimum. You can import tag information from filenames and vice versa. Selecting multiple files and performing batch operations is a breeze with Meta. If you are looking for competent music editing and organizing app for your Mac, then Meta is the best choice.