Linux Mint – Editing MP3 tags

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MP3 files contain metadata that music managers such as Banshee read from when sorting the files into their databases. These are known as ID3 Tags and are embedded into the MP3 files themselves. If this metadata ever becomes inconsistent, you may end up with invalid data in your music player. Examples of this might be a song being listed with an incorrect track number or a typo in the album title that causes the files to be read under two different albums. Editing MP3 tags is especially useful after ripping a CD. Most of the time, even despite entering the proper information into a program such as Asunder, you’ll end up with some missing information.

Banshee has some capability of correcting metadata issues. If you click on Tools at the top of the Banshee Media Player window, there is a selection named Fix Music Metadata. If you click on it, you’ll see a new screen where you’ll be shown any inconsistent data that leads to duplicate artist names, album names, or genres. Here, you’ll be able to fix these issues so that the files are organized into playlists properly. However, the capability of this menu is limited.

To view and display all the metadata for a song, locate a particular song in Banshee’s playlist and right-click on it. At the bottom of the right-click menu, you’ll see a selection, Edit Track Information. Using this option, you’ll be able to edit more than just the artist, album title, and genre. The following screenshot shows Banshee’s Track Editor:

In addition to the track editor, there is also a more powerful solution available for download in Banshee. Easytag, available in the default repositories, allows you to edit music metadata in bulk, with features such as pattern-matching. This program is beyond the scope of this tutorial, though. However, if you need to edit a large collection of MP3 files in bulk, Easytag is a good solution that’s worth checking out. Feel free to open Synaptic or the Software Manager and search for easytag if you’d like to take a look at it.

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