Even in the days of Spotify and Amazon Music, we all keep a bunch of audio files offline on our computers for fun. When we do not want to play music through online music streaming apps, we can turn to these audio files and fire them up using audio players like 1by1 or XMPlay.
One very common problem arises with an offline music collection is when we try to add or edit the metadata information in those audio files. Not all the audio files are in the same format – some are MP3, others are FLAC or OGG. And all these different audio formats require a slightly different style of metadata.
This is where a free software called Kid2 Audio Tagger can be very useful. Using this single tool, we can add, or modify the metadata information for a large number of audio file formats such as MP3, OGG, FLAC, MPC, M4A, MP2, Opus, Speex, TrueAudio, WavPack, WMA, WAV and AIFF files. You can quickly copy information from one type of tag to another using this tool which makes life easy for everyone.
Using this tool is fairly simple. You have to start by picking a folder containing your audio files. Then you can go from one file to another and it will display all the available information for that file. You can manually enter the metadata but it can also fetch the information from the internet.
As far as renaming is concerned, it can work in both directions – it can rename the audio files based on the tags, and it can also change the tags based on the file names. You can even drag-n-drop the album art picture from your hard drive on to the placeholder in the Kid2 Audio Tagger window.
Kid3 Audio Tagger is an open-source audio metadata management software that supports a large number of files. Originally designed for Linux, it has bee ported to macOS, Android and Windows too.
You can download Kid3 Audio Tagger from https://kid3.kde.org/.