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I need to tag my MP3 library, and have tried kid3 (which was manual tagging), when I used Kubuntu 9.10 (I now use Ubuntu Meerkat) Here are the features I am hoping for:

  • A good and clean UI.
  • Tagging should be automatic, like Winamp's autotag feature, which rocks, btw!
  • It should also embed the cover-art in the mp3, not copy a jpeg file in the folder, because now-a-days all players support displaying cover art. But acceptable if not possible.
  • Rename the files as per some regular expression like %TrackNo - %Artist - %Title.
  • Should be accurate, and more importantly smart. I want to start tagging at night, and hopefully my collection should be done by the morning, w/o it being stuck at a user prompt at 1%.

If one app cant do all, I am willing to use 3, wouldn't mind exposure to a few more apps ;)

I have used picard or someting, and I didnt like it quite a lot. But wouldn't mind using it, if there is no other alternative.

Thanks for your time!

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You can try easytag Install easytag, a nice graphical editor for tags in mp3 and aac files.

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+1 from me. I've used it and it's quite good. – Pavlos G. Dec 3 '10 at 14:19
yeah, seems good enough, I dont have enough English songs atm, All I have are hindi, and it couldnt tag them properly, I guess freedb doesnt have that info. Winamp uses gracenote, and it has all the info. – theTuxRacer Dec 3 '10 at 14:33
+1 - Good suggestion. It has a few quirks but is the best I've used in GNU/Linux. – boehj May 16 '11 at 8:14
At the program - can I change / copy metadata to all selected files from the one being edited? Oh, got it! Right-click selected files and scaner option. – Esamo Aug 4 '14 at 12:41

i just went over my entire collection 80gigs+, i did a lot of research and tried easytag, banshee, etc the only that really stands out for me was MusicBrainz Picard.

Its very clever, backed up a by a huge database. The scanning functionality is what really impressed me, it plays the song and then makes an audio fingerprint of it. It then compares it to the database and populates all the metadata. neat

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what did u use for the album art? – theTuxRacer Dec 5 '10 at 4:10
The only problem with Picard is that the same track can belong in more than one album release, so if you fingerprint it may associate the track with "greatest hits 1" instead "the best of" so you end up with a muddled collection – Bealer Aug 4 '12 at 14:10
This is a great piece of software! – Maduka Jayalath Apr 5 at 11:07

You can also install tagtool Install tagtool This will allow you to edit the ID3 tags of OGG and MP3 files using a nice GUI.

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does it fetch tags from the internet, and maybe covers too? – theTuxRacer Dec 3 '10 at 14:52
@KaustubhP not sure on fetching tags from internet. – karthick87 Dec 3 '10 at 15:35

For automatic tagging, I recommend Musicbrainz Picard. For manual tag editing and robust pattern-based file renaming, I recommend Ex Falso. I can't recommend anything for you for album art, since I use the "picture in the same folder" method.

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i would recommend amarok or songbird . both are good..

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Only today I discouvered MP3 Diags. It has a file renamer and a tag editor with Discogs and Musicbrainz support and can parse directory and filenames. Also, it fixes various low level issues.

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You might be interested in using Puddletag. It has all the features you mentioned, as well as some more automated %Filename - %Artist - %Title customization.

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Included with puddletag are tag sources supporting lookups from Amazon, Discogs, FreeDB and MusicBrainz and AcoustID. There is also quite a number of features this application supports.

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Thanks. This was exactly what I was looking for. – Tico May 1 '15 at 12:20

Have you tried Winamp via Wine? It seems that Winamp works without major problems.

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as for me. the only tagger I've used and worked nice is Mp3Tag using wine. Not slow and you can download album details from or mp3tag page also music brainz and it has a clean UI more focused on tagging. I recommend this than easy tag

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I usually use the zortam online mp3 tagger which can fetch cover arts and lyrics as well. For me it did the job, and it's very accurate. I use Fedora, but normally it should work on any OS if you have Java installed.

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