When you play a music file in the latest Android Kitkat, it displays not only the title and artist of that song, but also any associated artwork. For example, if you play a song from Lady Gaga’s new music album Artpop, then you will be shown a picture of the Artpop album on your smartphone screen. Actually, you can show any picture in place of this artwork by editing the tag related information for the music files. It becomes a little complicated and slow to edit the music files tags in smartphones, so it is better that you edit these tags inside your Windows PC. You can use the free AudioShell software to conveniently edit these music tags and change title, description, artists, album, album art and other information for that file.
The AudioShell application installs a shell extension in Windows File Explorer for all the music files (hence the name AudioShell). After the installation, you will be shown a settings window where you can choose file types of music files. AudioShell supports a myriad of music files like mp3, wmf, wma, asf, mp4, aac, aiff, ogg, flac, mpc, wav, dsf and more. After making a selection, you have to restart Windows so that the AudioShell extension can be loaded.
Once Windows has restarted, you can right-click on any of the file types that you chose the shell extension to appear for. You would see AudioShell in the context menu for these files and you can choose to edit the tag information or rename these files. You can also access the AudioShell settings from this context-menu.
If you choose to edit the tag information for a file, then you will be shown a comprehensive tag editor that allows you to edit the artist, title, description, album, year, composer, track #, disk # and much more. You can also enter and save the lyrics for that song and assign any JPEG image as the song artwork (typically the image of the artist, music band or the album). There is also an option to edit and save the podcast related information if that music file is a podcast download.
AudioShell can also rename music files based on the information inside their tags. You can choose to rename a supported music file by right-clicking on it and selecting Rename Files from the AudioShell context-menu. You have to add a rename mask which can be chosen easily by clicking on the Insert Variable button. You can also save a mask for later use. Clicking on the Rename button does all the renaming in a matter of seconds.
Conclusion: AudioShell adds a context-menu shell extension for all music files in the Windows File Explorer, so that you can easily edit their tag information and add album art images. It also allows you to rename the music files based on the data stored inside their tags.
You can download AudioShell from http://www.softpointer.com/AudioShell.htm.