I have about 5200 mp3s with metadata in various shades of atrocious, doubly so once iTunes got hold of it, scattered across some eighteen different locations. As I will soon be free from the metadata-devouring tyranny of iTunes (and would very much like my mp3s to be properly tagged and gathered together in one orderly location), this presents an opportunity to start using some better software for managing my music collection.

So! Flist! What software do you use (or would you suggest) for retagging and reorganising thousands of mp3s?

Date: 2009-04-20 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com
DISCLAIMER: I actually know nothing about this, it's just linked off of http://100-downloads.com which I find to be a decent site for finding free things.

LINK: http://musicbrainz.org/doc/PicardDownload

LICENSE: GPL2, free as in talking beer.

REASON TO USE IT: It's named after Patrick Stewart, so it must be awesome

SUGGESTION: Try it on one small folder or something

REORGANIZATION: That's your own damn problem :)

Date: 2009-04-20 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
I've had that for some time now. It's slow and unstable, for only moderately useful retagging. So, it fails to meet the specification, and it fails at the things it tries to meet.

Date: 2009-04-20 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deepfishy.livejournal.com
I have no answers, but am also interested. A musical folksonomy of one?

Date: 2009-04-20 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
What I'm looking for is more the musical equivalent of bibliographic data; think description, rather than access. Also, collection maintenance.

Genre tags already provide an uncontrolled space for tagging music with whatever the user feels it should be, but it's not a terribly useful part of the format. Alternatively, as an artist-level thing, last.fm has a fairly good folksonomy and a big enough user base for it to actually work.

Date: 2009-04-26 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com

Again, seen, not tried... but there are links to previous articles on tag management as well...


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