How to Check MP3 Files For Errors

If you've burned a series of MP3 files to CD and found that one or all of the CD's don't play, then it could be a bad MP3 file rather than the CD. It's good practice to scan your MP3 music files to check that your collection is good before burning, syncing, or backing up. Rather than listening to each track (which could take weeks if you have a large collection), the use of an MP3 error checking program is your best choice.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Setup – 2 minutes / Scanning time – dependent on the number of files/system speed.

Here's How:

  1. To get started, download the freeware program, Checkmate MP3 Checker which is available for Windows, Linux, and MacOS (Fink).
  2. *Note: this tutorial uses the GUI Windows version.*
    1. Run Checkmate MP3 Checker and use the file browser screen to navigate to the folder where your MP3 files are.
  3. To check a single MP3 file: highlight it by left-clicking on it. Click the File menu tab at the top of the screen and choose the Scan option. Alternatively, you can right-click a single file and choose Scan from the pop-up menu.
    1. To check multiple files: Highlight your selection by left-clicking a single file, then hold the [shift key] down while pressing the up or down cursor keys several times until you have selected the files you want. Alternatively, to select all MP3 files, hold down the [CTRL key] and press the [A key]. Click the File menu tab at the top of the screen and choose the Scan option.
  4. Once Checkmate MP3 Checker has scanned your MP3 files, either look down the results column to check that all your files are OK, or look at the filename column to make sure all your files have green check marks next to them; MP3 files with errors will have a red cross indicating a problem.

    What You Need:

    • Checkmate MP3 Checker
    • MP3 files