[00:03] Your favorite song, you know its title, artist, album info and so on, right?
[00:09] However, music media players like WMP, iTunes, etc. can't do the same without metadata were embedded inside song files.
So when you download music from online services like: MP3Juices, Last.fm, etc., even you saved with its name like: Breathless – Shayne Ward.mp3
Your media player may fail in searching or sorting it properly if these file metadata are wrong or missing, like that: Title: Shayne Ward, Artist, Album: ZingMp3, etc.
So you need to fix this bad by "remember"-"look up"-"fill up"/"correct" these metadata file-by-file manually via the Properties menu of Windows Explorer, easy, huh?
Unfortunately, our music libraries always come with 50+ songs right?
And so, this job isn't easy anymore!
General, metadata of a file represent addition specialty information that its file name can't.
For music files, they are Album, Genere, Date Release, etc.
[00:29] You can see metadata of a song with Windows Media Player, like this:
[00:48] The 1st good news is modern music players like WMP, iTunes can let you edit metadata of a song quickly, and there are many tools can help you do this task automatically.
Oops, my new downloaded music file has nothing but a Title :(
[2:18] Luckily, MusicBrainz Picard is a powerful and free tool.
[3:16] "MusicBrainz Picard
Picard is a cross-platform music tagger written in Python"
The 2nd good news is Windows Media Player has an option to fix missing metadata at an acceptable level.
[4:12] Its capacities become endless with these useful plugins like fanart.tv cover art and Title Case .https:/picard.musicbrainz.org/plugins/” target=”_new”>>https://picard.musicbrainz.org/plugins/_
[4:47] Installing MusicBrainz Picard
[4:57] "Even though most software media players have built-in music tag editors for editing song information such as title, artist name, and genre, they are often limited in what they can do. If you have a large selection of music tracks that need tag information, the most efficient way to work with metadata is to use a dedicated MP3 tagging tool to save time and ensure that your music files have consistent tag information" – lifewire.com
[5:29] Picard will represent them along with you their metadata in columns.
First, you can add a whole of a folder to decide which files will be fixed later.
So you can see a missing one: Artist of Bailando.
[5:38] Most of my music songs have correct Title and Artist info.
However, remember, the music file's metadata contains 10+ fields, so it would be nice to have them on our hands for further discovering.
Choose a song then click Lookup to see its original info.
[5:47] Cluster Lookup Scan
[6:02] By default, Picard will look up entire songs of an album that the selected song belongs to.
This gives better grouping, referencing ability.
[5:49] SCAN : Create fingerprints out of 10secs of the audio file and compare it with the database for tag information.
LOOKUP : Just look in the database for the track metadata using existing metadata like filename and tags.
Cluster : Automatically group Tracks to albums.
[6:23] You can see the position of this song in the album, its actual metadata, especially: cover art.
You can compare to the existing one.
[6:39] Cluster allows you to group added songs quickly, based on their current Album info.
[6:59] It's working fine with these default options. However, you can tweak them to suit your needs: Tags, Fingerprint CD Look, Plugins, etc.
[7:51] Searching based on wrong metadata can lead to bad results, so Picard has another method that is better.
It is Scan , based on Acoustid's fingerprint mechanism.
[8:06] You should register a free Acoustid account then get the API key.
[8:52] Installing plugins can extend Picard's functions.
[9:11] You can install a plugin via Plugin's menu.
If it's a simple plugin, you can select it from the Install plugin… button (Title Case).
[10:42] Restart Picard to finish this Last.fm plugin installing.
You need to extract it to Picard's directory.
This is the complex one that is in the "folder " form.
[11:08] You can do the same for the fanarttv plugin.
[11:41] Before you start to re-fix your music libraries, make sure new plugins were configured properly!
So far, you have 3 more functions: Title Case capitalizes your songs' file name, Last.fm improves metadata info, FanArtTV provides better cover images.
[11:47] FanArtTV needs an API key to work, for example.
[12:03] "Your music library is precious. It's full of hard-to-find tracks, ripped CDs, and rare downloads. It might also be a mess. It can be easier to look up those songs on Spotify than enjoy the high-quality audio files you own. Luckily, there are some great free tools to clean it up and make sure that never happens again. Let's check out the best" – lifehacker.com
[13:30] Don't forget to save new metadata for your songs!