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MP3 has become the most common audio format for playback, storage and transfer of music. If we need to playback MP3 files with their tag information shown correctly, or to organize a large collection of MP3 files based on their tag information, a good MP3 tag editor will be helpful.
In this category, both standalone tag editors and built-in tag editors are reviewed based on three basic needs which include:
- Support basic tags, embedded cover arts and lyrics.
- Rename files using tag information, and edit tags using file names.
- Lookup online databases and save tags into MP3 files.
Best Free MP3 Tag Editor - Standalone
Best Free MP3 Tag Editor - Built-in
Other Tag Editors
These are other MP3 tag editors which were brought up in comments here or noted from other sources. As they are not rated in this review, I am listing them here with brief descriptions and links to their sites for ease of reference.
- Mp3nity, a tag editor with a built-in player supports for editing various tag fields including lyrics and pictures, mass tag editing, renaming, etc. Finding album art and lyrics online and other advanced features are restricted to the paid premium version. Tags in unicode encountered errors when tested.
- MP3 Book Helper allows file renaming and tags editing by variables or regular expressions. Pictures and lyrics are to be viewed on separate windows with a search linked to Allmusic or Google on a browser. A lyrics search directs you to a Google search page related to the selected file, but a search on freedb database for tag info gets fewer matches than other short listed tag editors.
- ID3-TagIT supports quite
a number of tag info, including lyrics and multiple pictures for album arts. It also supports freedb database but experiences a low rate of getting a successful match and occasionally subjects to 'unhandled exception' errors. Lyrics are shown without line breaks for some MP3 files.
- EasyTag is a cross-platform tag editor for ID3 tags of different audio files, using a GTK+ interface. No support for Lyrics tag is noted.
- Mp3 Tag Tools is a small program allowing you to edit basic tags and lyrics, embed multiple images of album arts into MP3 files, but with regret, it does not support fixing of tags from online databases, one of the basic needs in this review.
- Jaangle (formerlyTeen Spirit ) is a music player and organizer with a built-in tagger. Its Google Lyrics is powerful in automatically searching the lyrics, but writing them to the file is still buggy as it will white-out the album art in the file as checked from other tag editors. Besides, other tag editing features are not better than MediaMonkey.
- Zortam Mp3 Media Studio is a multi-purpose MP3 organizer with a built-in tag editor. It allows editing tags including lyrics and multiple pictures, and provides online updating of tags via Amazon. However, unlimited online access to Zortam Music Database for lyrics and cover arts, together with some other basic editing features, are only available to the commercial Pro version.
- Abyssmedia ID3 Tag Editor, offers features for editing very basic tags without lyrics and art covers. No online lookups for tags info are supported.
- The Crab searches your music data sources from Amazon or Discogs based on music albums only. You can edit basic tags and art cover, but not lyrics and other tags.
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