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One of the goodies I received from Santa was the new CD album by the Eagles and as always, when I get a new CD, I make a private MP3 backup copy on the computer using CDex. But one of the really annoying things about having a MP3 copy is that each song comes out on the computer as “audiotrack1.mp3”, “audiotrack2.mp3”, etc. Even if you manually rename the song title in Windows Explorer, it still comes out in media players as “audiotrack1.mp3” or “untitled1.mp3” as below:

Before using Audioshell ID3 Tag Editor

So if you listen to your albums on your MP3 player, you’ll end up with mis-named songs which makes it virtually impossible to find what you’re looking for. The key is to be able to edit the “ID3 tags” of the file which will change the name of the MP3 file to whatever you want it to be. If you use iTunes and an iPod, changing the ID3 tags is very easy. But there isn’t an easy way to change the tags inside Windows Explorer – until today when I found the freeware ID3 tag editor program Audioshell.

Audioshell is a shell program which integrates into Windows Explorer and allows you to edit your ID3 tags quickly and easily (you can edit tags by track or by groups). You can even upload cover art to each MP3 file.

First of all, download and install Audioshell. Then select the MP3 file to be edited and right-click with the mouse. Select “Properties”. You’ll now see two new tabs in the properties section. The one you need is the Audioshell Tag Editor :

Edit ID3 tags

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Change the required fields to what you want it to be, upload your cover art (if you want to) then press OK. When you play the song, it will now show the song title properly :

audioshell

The Tag Editor also has a comments section so you can theoretically tag each song to find it again quickly.

Does anyone know of any Audioshell alternatives? I really like Audioshell and its simplicity but if anyone else has any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Download Audioshell.

  1. James
    November 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

    If you enter in your email in your CDEX (Which I use) you can look within the large library of songs that they have in seconds for properly produced albums. It then asks you which album you may have in your cd player that matches the time line for the songs, and album length because people have submitted it already. You pick it does, then ID3 tags are done before you rip. I have had a few instances where the album I had wasn't on there (3 or 4) I entered it in, and wham bam submitted it for someone else. There no problem.

  2. ghasl1
    August 5, 2009 at 11:33 am

    How come I open a song in wmp or itunes there is a cover already there but it doesn't show up in tag editor. Like if its already got a default cover already from cache or something it should be in tag editor so that I can see it, I don't want to open up each song to see if it has album cover or not.

  3. Wayne
    January 1, 2009 at 11:01 am

    When you use a good ripper, it will get track infor from CDDB - but if CDDB doesn't have your snappy new CD in its database, CDex makes it easy to both enter the tags AND dump them into CDDB for everyone. Just be careful to do it well, please.

    If you've ripped tracks with no or bad info, MP3 Tag Tools is excellent, open source and comprehensive.

    http://massid3lib.sourceforge.net/

  4. Moris
    May 14, 2008 at 1:10 am

    you can try with mp3 tag editor....

  5. Syahid A.
    January 2, 2008 at 9:34 am

    If you want a music player and tagger all in one, you can also try MediaMonkey. It provides hassle free volume leveling too.

  6. WP
    December 27, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Maybe I'm missing something, but I frequently edit mp3 tags from Windows Explorer. Right click on the mp3 file, go to Properties, Summary and select Advanced. You can edit many of the ID3 tags from this window. You can't add album art, but most other things. You probably know this, but the filename of the track is not the same thing as the title of the track. If you don't have a Title it will use the filename as the title on an mp3 player. If you add a Title using the method above, the mp3 player will show the correct title, rather than the filename, for the song.

    • Aibek
      December 29, 2007 at 8:46 am

      Thanks, didn't know about it.

  7. Solb1 Kenobi
    December 26, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    hmmm.. are you sure you're using CDEX correctly?

    Prior to making the mp3s, you can use the one of the buttons on the right (on the main cdex app) to download album information from some remote server.

    All the song details will show up, and subsequently the mp3 files will be generated with tags intact.

  8. James Varghese
    December 26, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Oops. I should have written mp3tag rather than tagger. Here's the link in case anyone is interested:
    http://www.mp3tag.de/en/

  9. James Varghese
    December 26, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Mark,

    I'm a very big fan of MP3tagger myself (especially if you have a lot of files that are sorted in folders - it's integration into the windows menu is very helpful) but lately I have found myself using Winamp 5.5 for tagging purposes. If you add your MP3s to the winamp playlist, you can select them all and right-click and send them to Auto-tag which is usually very accurate and will put in information that you may not even know (composer and the like). Give it a look if you are so inclined.

    JV

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