The Best Free Tools for Editing Song Information Quickly and Easily

Edit Your Music Metadata

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Even though most software media players have built-in tag editors for editing song information such as title, artist name, and genre, they are often limited in what they can do. If you have a large selection of music tracks that need tag information, the most efficient way to work with metadata is to use a dedicated MP3 tagging tool to save time and ensure that your music files have consistent tag information.

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MP3Tag Main Screen
MP3Tag Main Screen. Image © Florian Heidenreich

Mp3tag is a Windows-based metadata editor that supports a large number of audio formats. The program can handle MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, FLAC, MP4, and a few more formats.

In addition to automatically renaming files based on tag information, this versatile program also supports online metadata lookups from Freedb, Amazon, discogs, and MusicBrainz. 

MP3tag is useful for batch tag editing and the download of cover art. More »

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TigoTago Music Tag Editor
TigoTago splash screen. Image © Mark Harris

TigoTago is a tag editor that can batch edit a selection of files at the same time. This saves a lot of time if you have multiple songs you need to add information to.

Not only is TigoTago compatible with audio formats such as MP3, WMA, and WAV, it also handles AVI and WMV video formats. TigoTago has useful functions to mass edit your music or video library. Tools include search and replace, ability to download CDDB album information, file reorder, change case, and file names from tags. More »

MusicBrainz Picard Tag Editor
MusicBrainz Picard main screen. Image © MusicBrainz.org

MusicBrainz Picard is open source software available for Windows, Linux, and MacOS operating systems. It's a free tagging tool that focuses on grouping audio files into albums rather than treating them as separate entities.

This isn’t to say that it can’t tag single files, but it works in a different way from the others in this list by building albums from single tracks. This is a great feature if you have a collection of songs from the same album and don't know if you have a complete collection.

Picard is compatible with several formats that include MP3, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP4, WMA, and others. If you’re looking for an album-orientated tagging tool, then Picard is an excellent option. More »

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TagScanner Music Metadata Editor
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TagScanner is a Windows software program that has several useful features. With it, you can organize and tag most of the popular audio formats, and it comes with a built-in player.

TagScanner can automatically fill in music file metadata using online databases like Amazon and Freedb, and it can auto-rename files based on existing tag information.

Another nice feature is TagScanner’s ability to export playlists as HTML or Excel spreadsheets. This makes it a useful tool for cataloging your music collection. More »

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MetaTogger Music Tag Editor
Main interface of MetaTogger. Image © Sylvain Rougeaux

MetaTogger can tag Ogg, FLAC, Speex, WMA, and MP3 files either manually or automatically using online databases.

This solid tagging tool can search and download album covers using Amazon for your audio files. Lyrics can be searched for and integrated into your music library.

The program uses Microsoft .Net 3.5 framework, so you’ll need to install this first if you don’t already have it up and running on your Windows system. More »