One of the great benefits of working with digital music files is that metadata makes it possible to perform advanced searches, as well as benefiting from high quality audio. But being able to do this is dependent on having the correct information attached to files so that it can be successfully searched. The tracks you purchase online should be correctly tagged, but this is not necessary the case for those that you rip yourself.

Of course, it is possible to manually go through your music collection and add missing tags or edit those that are incorrect. But this is likely to be a very lengthy process for many people due to the size of the average music collection, so you may find it helpful to turn to MP3tag to make things a little easier.

Despite the name, the program is capable of adjusting the tags for not only MP3 files, but also WMA, MP4, OGG and many more. You can quickly apply the same tags – such as the artist name – to a folder filled with MP3s so they do not need to be edited manually, but you can also pull in information from online databases such as Amazon or Freedb to avoid the need to type anything out my hand.

In addition to making it easy to edit your music tags, MP3tag can also be used to create playlists that can be exported and used in a huge range of different music players. You can also export select information from your music collection so you can create lists of various kinds whenever you need to.

Version 2.84 adds these new features (see full changelog for more):
[2017-08-22]  FIX: renaming files did not update name in file list in all cases (since 2.83h).
                   (#22810)
[2017-08-18]  LNG: updated Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Slovak language
                   files.
[2017-08-17]  CHG: added ABSENT as synonym for MISSING in Filter and updated documentation. (#22766)
[2017-08-17]  FIX: reading system-encoded WAV RIFF INFO sub chunks did result in data truncation in
                   case special characters were involved. (#22742)
[2017-08-16]  FIX: directory field at Tag Panel didn't use correct case for directory names when
                   entered with incorrect casing. (#22043)
[2017-08-15]  FIX: installer didn't consider user input for startmenu folder when updating. (#22479)
[2017-08-13]  FIX: format strings for converter 'Filename - Filename' showed UTF-8 encoded data if
                   special characters were involved.
[2017-08-12]  NEW: added support for Nero-style MP4 chapters.
[2017-08-12]  FIX: error message when writing tags to larger files in some cases (since 2.83f).
                   (#22754)
[2017-08-09]  CHG: improved MP4 tagging compatibility.
[2017-08-03]  FIX: added reading of non-iTunes custom MP4 tags. (#22695)
[2017-08-02]  FIX: attempting to write tags to larger files that are locked by other processes left
                   only temporary file in some cases. (#22734)
[2017-07-13]  NEW: added $distance(x,y) scripting function to compute edit distance between strings
                   x and y.
[2017-07-10]  FIX: runtime error when using Mp3tag on computers with older CPUs (e.g, Pentium III,
                   Athlon XP, ...) (since 2.83c).
[2017-07-06]  FIX: manually rearranging files in file list resulted in unexpected behaviour when
                   renaming files (since 2.83c). (#22663)
[2017-07-05]  FIX: extended documentation of web sources framwork function 'MoveLine'. (#22654)
[2017-07-04]  FIX: wav files with invalid ID3Helper data at end of file were not read.
[2017-07-01]  CHG: updated Opus to version 1.2.1.
[2017-06-30]  CHG: made cue sheet handling fully transparent so that it doesn't require artificially
                   indexed filenames anymore.
[2017-06-30]  CHG: extended Discogs tag source with fallback detection of secondary images if no
                   primary image exists. (#22475)
[2017-06-30]  NEW: added web sources framework functions to check if output contains content via
                   'ifoutput' and 'ifnotoutput'.
[2017-06-30]  CHG: modified dialog for adding cover-art from files to raise warning message if file
                   doesn't exist.
[2017-06-28]  CHG: added check to Discogs tag source if query gave any results which results in
                   correct error message.
[2017-06-27]  FIX: runtime error when clicking on tag sources toolbar button and last used tag
                   source was removed.
[2017-06-27]  FIX: runtime error if Discogs cover-only tag source returned no results (since 2.83a).
[2017-06-26]  FIX: dot and underscore characters where percent-encoded when querying Discogs which
                   resulted in HTTP 401 error.
[2017-06-26]  CHG: extended Discogs result list to current API maximum of 100 releases.
[2017-06-26]  NEW: added Discogs cover-only tag source for search via Discogs Release ID.
[2017-06-26]  NEW: added Discogs cover-only tag source for search via album name.
                   (#20595, #22557)
[2017-06-10]  LNG: added Indonesian language file.
[2017-05-04]  FIX: possible index overflow at $substr() scripting function.

Verdict

An invaluable tool that makes it quick and easy to edit your MP3 tags.