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Sort music by metadata

I thought this would be easier to find but I have tried a number of programs and none seem to be able to do this the way I want.

Basically I want to be able to sort a mass of .mp3s into a specific folder on an external drive, separated and named by metadata. I used foobar2000 on Windows to do this and it was perfect for my needs, the closest I've come on Ubuntu was Picard but, I can't get it to work with music not in the Musicbrainz DB, as I listen to a lot of mixtapes and live cuts so that isn't very helpful.

I want something with an output like "External HDD/artist/album/(tracknumber)title"
(for example :"External HDD/Nas/Illmatic/(01)The Genesis").

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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marked as duplicate by Ringtail, hexafraction, Jorge Castro, Mitch, jokerdino Sep 24 '12 at 7:16

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Possibly related: Reorder Files inside Folder and How to organize music files? – trent Sep 22 '12 at 22:40
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Try any of these:

  1. MusicBrainz Picard
  2. Beets

Also check this similar question:

Sort music by metadata

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Thank you, through a lot of trial and error I got Beets to do a reasonably good job of it, I'm sure with more practice it'll be perfect! Thanks again. P.S. I did try that thread already, it was what led me too Picard, it wasn't quite what I needed though. I didn't want to reopen an old question, sorry if I went about it the wrong way. – BlackWolf Sep 22 '12 at 23:52

I have written an application which does just you want. Check it out here. Foobar2000 was the application I was originally inspired by.

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Hey that does look very useful, honestly though I'm very new to Ubuntu and Linux in general, and I couldn't figure out how to install it. I will check it out later as my knowledge improves. – BlackWolf Sep 22 '12 at 23:54
It's a command line application, so requires a just a tiny bit command line experience. – th0th Sep 23 '12 at 8:40

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