Can you recommend a software to batch-edit music file names on big music library?

Jamie Morris April 18, 2012
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I am working for an online radio station that has a large library of music tracks (around 80,000 – 100,000 tracks). I want to edit the file names into a standard format so that we can post the current track playing to our website.

I need to be able to remove track numbers, make sure the track title and artist are in the correct order and standardise capitalisation. In most cases the correct information is present it just needs to be transferred to the file name.

Pointers on how to approach this efficiently, best software, good free software etc would be very much appreciated.

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  1. Dragonduder
    April 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I'm personally a fan of MusicBrainz Picard because it did for me what a lot of these other programs didn't: automatically rename/retag my tracks. I have a huge hip hop catalog and that saved me a lot of time for all the unknown albums in my collection.

  2. Jamie Morris
    April 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, folks. Great responses!! Only worried about adding to the workload checking them all out!

  3. Klaatu
    April 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Mp3Tag  http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ is the way to go. If you have a standard set of tasks to perform you can add it to the Actions menu and button as a macro script to follow. The Fomat Value action is extremely powerful. Mp3Tag has a whole slew of functions and predefined variables you can include in your patterns for tag and name manipulations. Also the Extended tags panel can find all sorts of otherwise hidden metadata. Mp3Tag can handle this job. If it was really complex and convoluted with external data, I'd start with a command line tag editor like mp3info.exe to get tags populated en-mass. Mp3tag has a text file to tag feature too but with so many files you'd want to make sure you had them all in the right order first.

  4. M Bauer
    April 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

     I can't believe nobody suggested foobar2000 yet. Amazing thing, you won't need anything else anymore.

  5. Lycanthrope7
    April 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I've been using TagScanner for years. It allows you to quickly identify which songs have missing tag info, lets you edit tags, and has a very powerful and fast batch renamer that allows you to use any tag info you like to rename the files.

  6. Juventino Guerra
    April 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have used MediaMonkey for years now and it works perfectly for what you want to acommplish. You will have to invest some hours to complete the task though.

  7. Susendeep Dutta
    April 19, 2012 at 5:45 am

    MediaMonkey is good software for your task -

    http://www.mediamonkey.com/

  8. Dave Parrack
    April 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I have used Mp3tag for many years and would recommend it - http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ - it's still a laborious process though if you want to do it right.

    • Bruce Epper
      April 19, 2012 at 1:31 am

      But if your MP3 tags are correct when you start, all it needs to do is automatic renaming of the files and this program excels at that.

  9. ha14
    April 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    well if you have the list of the file then perhaps lerenommeur is easy to use. first choose the files on the left side will appear and just past titles ion the right column and hit rename. It has french and english interface. The only thing i dont know how many files can rename in one action. This is easiest way i know for simle rename action.
    http://www.dipisoft.com/file/LeRenommeur144.exe

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