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:
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 :
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 :
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.
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