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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Fri 17-Feb-12 18:55:16
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Changing MP3 file tags


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I've some CDs which have all the wrong titles and artistes embedded in the recording files. I can change filename and artist in Windows Explorer. But when I play it in WMP it still shows the original title and artist. WMP properties similarly.

Any suggestions as to how I can change them completely?

I'm running Windows 7 Professional.

Tony
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 17-Feb-12 19:09:38
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Re: Changing MP3 file tags


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WMP used to have a basic ability to edit tags but it is a little contrived. I use the Pro version of Tag&Rename which is simple to use, feature rich and can be integrated into Windows Explorer.

Edited by Deadbeat (Fri 17-Feb-12 19:16:16)

Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 17-Feb-12 20:07:12
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Mp3Tag

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Standard User imbsuk
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 17-Feb-12 21:16:12
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Re: Changing MP3 file tags


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You can also do this in a better media player. See foobar. The choice is yours whether you want a specialised program, which I assume will be better for mass tagging and specialised tagging functions. If you'd just like to do the odd album every now and then, then foobar may suit you. Either way, foobar is da bomb!

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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Fri 17-Feb-12 22:45:43
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Have tried Mp3Tag and it seems to do what I want.

One oddity though.

I changed some of the tags via Windows Explorer / Properties.

As I had to go out for 2 hours I left the task part done pending my return.

When I got back I found that some of the changes I'd done, but only some, had disappeared and the tags reverted to their previous values.

Similarly when using Mp3Tag I changed tags for the 20 tracks on a CD. Went to the next volume and changed tags as necessary. A few minutes later I went back to the CDs I'd already done to find some of the tags had reverted!

I then thought that perhaps I should Save (Ctrl+S) the changed tags in Mp3Tag so I changed them again and did Ctrl+a and Ctrl+S. Checking them a few minutes later I still found that some tags had reverted.

It seems to have taken 2 or 3 goes at changing them to get the changes to stay permanent.

Weird!

One final though associated question. When WMP plays a track it shows in top left of the visualisation window the track name alternating every few seconds with the Artist Name and the Album Title. The problem is that the Artist Name seems to be taken from the Album Artist tag rather than the Artist tag. So for a compilation album of, say 1960s music, the Artist Name is always Various Artists, rather than the artist for the current track. While clearly I can change the Album Artist tag for all the tracks is it possible to get WMP to use the Artist tag rather than the Album Artist?

Or have I misunderstood the two 'artist' tags?

Tony
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 17-Feb-12 23:06:24
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You can't change tags on a CD as it's read only media.
Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Sat 18-Feb-12 08:12:55
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Indeed, this is after ripping and on the ripped files.

Tony
Standard User nionynawst
(newbie) Thu 12-Apr-12 20:01:22
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The reason that WMP displays the wrong information is that it doesn't use the embeded MP3 tags or the CD Text which some DC players read and display, it tries to retrieve them from the internet. If it is a commercial CD with a recognised UPC (Universal Product Code) then WMP finds the details in the fai.metaservice.microsoft.com database. If the disc doesn't have a UPC then WMP seems to make one up at random, so you get the wrong information.
I don't use WMP these days. I use 'Media Monkey' (ftrr download). It's a bit clunky but it gives you complrte control and sounds much bettter than WMP when playing flac files which are compressed data versions rather than reduced data versions like MP3
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Thu 12-Apr-12 22:30:44
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I'd say that the editor that you're using isn't up to scratch. I don't see any of these problems inside WMP or any other player after using Tag&Rename Pro for renaming or tag editing.
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