Organize Your MP3 Music Collection

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Most people's digital music library contains a random collection of MP3s, WMAs, and other audio-file formats that could be optimized and organized more efficiently.

Improve the quality of your audio library by performing such essential tasks as MP3 normalization, file format conversion, and tag editing.

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MP3 Normalization

Screenshot of MP3Gain normalizing MP3 program

The trouble with downloading music from various sources on the internet is that not all the files in your library will play at the same volume. This problem makes listening to your music annoying when you have to fiddle with your volume button continually. MP3Gain is a freeware program that can normalize all your MP3 files without resampling them. This process is swift and doesn’t degrade the audio files in any way.

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Multiple ID3 Tag Editing

Screenshot of TigoTago ID3 tagging application

Not all of your MP3 files may have the metadata information in them to enable software media players such as Winamp to display information such as artist, title, and album. From a music library point-of-view, not having the right ID3 tag data can also make finding the music you want difficult; missing information such as artist or genre can give you a real headache when you're trying to find albums and individual tracks. Even though most media-playing software offers a basic ID3 tag editor, editing several files simultaneously is normally unsupported. TigoTago is a great little freeware program that can make mass-editing MP3 ID3 tags a breeze.

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Converting WMA to MP3 Files

Screenshot of MediaMonkey media manager program

The WMA audio format is a popular standard that offers many benefits and is supported by many portable devices. However, there may be times when you will need to convert from the WMA to MP3 format. For example, the iPod doesn’t support WMA file playback, and so you’ll need to convert the file for compatibility reasons. Media Monkey is a popular free program that not only is a good digital music library manager, but it can also help you to convert between audio formats.