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We have a new computer and I love the Ubuntu design, but the code-stuff is a bit hard for me...

So here is my question:

I just downloaded something from youtube and converted it to an mp3. I have, that is a site that connects between the media player and the site, and it stores your listening history. When I play my song it says "unknown artist". When I go to my downloads, the song and then properties and click on audio I can not change a thing! How can I change the title, artist and all that other stuff?

The answers that I think I found are with all these weird codes and I don't even know if that is the solution for my "problem"..

Thanks for responding!

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Do you want to rename the file (file name) or edit the meta tags like Artist, Title, Year, Genre, etc.? The latter requires an ID3 tag editor to be installed. Does an application like easytag solve your issue or do you require this to be editable in Nautilus (file manager) itself? – gertvdijk Jun 19 '13 at 19:09
Are you trying to edit the id3 tags? If you are, you should consider editing the title to clarify it. – Alvin Wong Jun 20 '13 at 7:19

Ubuntu doesn't support editing id3 tags by default. You will have to use a seperate application to do it. Rhythmbox can provide this functionality and comes preinstalled in Ubuntu.

Open the mp3 file in Rhythmbox. Right click the song in Rhythmbox and select Properties. This will give you options for changing Artist/Album/Title etc.

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Sorry for being off-topic, but what is that theme/window decorator you're using? It's beautiful! – oaskamay Jun 25 '13 at 20:57
I'm using the Numix theme. :) ( – Merri Jun 26 '13 at 8:23

The Artist's Name, Album Title, Year etc (which you can view when you click properties ), are called ID3 tags.

In that case you would have to search for ID3 editors to edit that piece of information. You could take a quick look at the Ubuntu Software Centre or look at the internet. ( EasyTag for example, as mentioned in Mitch's answer ).

I think you will be able to edit that information with Rhythmbox (preinstalled) as well as with Clementine.

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If you want to rename the file just right click on the file in file manager and select rename as shown


If however what you want to do is edit the mp3 tags: Title, Artist etc. You can do that in Rhythmbox. Right click on the mp3 file select properties


You can edit in the box that opens.

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There are also other applications in the software centre which may be better if you have a lot of these to edit; such as EasyTag

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Try EasyTAG

EasyTAG is an utility for viewing, editing and writing the ID3 tags of different audio files, using a GTK+ interface.

To install click EasyTAG Install comixcursors-lefthanded

Source: Ubuntu Apps

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You can do that with Clementine. Open your file with Clementine, select your track in the playlist, right click on the song and click on "Edit track information". If you do not want to right click on your track you can also use the Ctrl + E keyboard shortcut.

I know that other answers tell you to use Rhythmbox instead of Clementine but this last has got an advantage. It has got a feature which is able to find the missing informations for you ! A kind of Shazam in a way. For this, open your file with Clementine, select your track in the playlist, right click on the song and click on "Complete tags automatically". If you do not want to right click on your track you can also use the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut. Quite useful, isn't it ?

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