Windows 10: Win. 10 Unable to Edit Properties of Mp3 files

  1.    11 Feb 2018 #1

    Win. 10 Unable to Edit Properties of Mp3 files


    I run windows 10 and use Windows Media Player to listen to my music. Recently I noticed that i was getting a lot of "unknown (artist, genre, album, ect.)". Usually kept the song names as the file name.

    In Media Player I can edit the info so that it shows properly in the Media Player, but the file properties get deleted. Just to clarify, I can right click on the mp3 files in my music folder and edit the properties, but when i click "apply" or "ok" it deletes the details I just added and returns the song to "unknown artist".

    This becomes a problem to now when i try to put the music on my phone, half my library is under "Unknown Artist"

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank You!
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  2.    11 Feb 2018 #2

    Right click the MP3 file in File Explorer and choose Properties, make sure Read Only is Unchecked. If you unchecked it, then save it and close it an reopen it. the Read Only box should remain unchecked. Now go to the Details tab, here you can edit the tags, to the Title of the file, Contributing Artist, Album Name, Year and Track # etc
    If this fails, then try a 3rd party MP3 tagger: Best Free MP3 Tag Editor | Gizmo's Freeware
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  3. lehnerus2000's Avatar
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       11 Feb 2018 #3

    W10 may still have issues with ID3v2.4 tags.

    Have a look at this thread:
    Is Windows 10's File Explorer able to read ID3 v2.4 tags on MP3s? (Post#7)
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  4.    12 Feb 2018 #4

    I've recently been sorting out / debugging MP3 metadata to play files in my car and found the following MP3 utilities useful:

    TagScanner
    MP3Test
    MP3Tag
    MP3 Diags
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  5.    20 Aug 2018 #5

    I also experienced this issue today. It seems like Windows Media Player has an issue writing metadata into the files. If that is the case, I hope that this will be corrected because I like the application for its simplicity and its features, even though I would not mind a considerate visual upgrade. Metadata also is important to music files and having to edit everything by hand or having to use yet another additional application would be rather burdensome.
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  6.    20 Aug 2018 #6

    xaml said: View Post
    I also experienced this issue today. It seems like Windows Media Player has an issue writing metadata into the files. If that is the case, I hope that this will be corrected because I like the application for its simplicity and its features, even though I would not mind a considerate visual upgrade. Metadata also is important to music files and having to edit everything by hand or having to use yet another additional application would be rather burdensome.
    I had issues setting the MP3 tags to play music in my car. I started using iTunes but found the utilities I mentioned in post 4 more useful - I used Tagscanner most TagScanner - The Ultimate Tag Editor. Note it's from Russia so those of a nervous disposition may prefer one of the alternatives.
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  7. Barman58's Avatar
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       20 Aug 2018 #7

    I have found Mediamonkey an all round management tool for Music collections and it's tagging ability is extremely powerful - It's designed for large collections, [100,000 songs and more) so has the ability to grow. Tags can be applied by using search to make a collection and then dragging the collection to a Tag set.

    The player has a skinnable interface (based on Winamp 2) and includes such things as a Mini player display and a taskbar option including gesture control
    Also you can take a folder that represents an album Select all "songs" and add the tags that apply to all of them in one go, This includes the full set of available thumbnail images, which can be saved to the folder or individually to the files.

    You can also setup rules for exporting to USB or other devices, that can rename based on tags - a complete album can be built from a set of tagged files very quickly and using templates you can save the folder and file names to a standard to suit you.

    It also includes full ripping and creating of CDs, file conversion, track leveling (on the fly and actual file changes), It also compiles playlists of tracks played and can write these for use elsewhere.

    Well worth a look for anyone who is serious about music - these are some of the features of the application but to use the phrase popular in the industry

    All this ... And Many More

    The system does create a database to use to speed up file finds etc but also writes all tags to the individual files so all added data is available to other applications

    The free version is more that enough for most users but the Gold version does add some useful automation features for the larger collections

    Oh forgot to add, it does all this for Video too

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    For dealing with filesets for USB use in a car or other devices that use a FAT32 file system I can recommend a tiny utility Drivesort which allows you to sort the order of the files and folders on the USB where the car media player does not have the native facility (Sony, Pioneer, are two I know from experience are like this]

    From the app description ...

    DriveSort sorts the directory tables of a volume formatted in FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32. This sort orders the files on the disk according to a customizable order.
    Recent operating systems sort the files before showing them to the user, either by name, by size or by whatever the user choose. However, it is not always the case in embedded OSes on small portable devices like MP3 players. On these devices the lack of resources (CPU, memory) can lead their developers to make it display or play the files in the order in which they are on the disk.

    This order depends mostly of the order in which they were added to the disk, which is not convenient for the user. DriveSort can change this order to help such devices to play or view their files in the order you want, by putting them on the disk in a customizable order.
    Last edited by Barman58; 20 Aug 2018 at 03:58.
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  8.    20 Aug 2018 #8

    WMP writes tags ok for me in 1709 - vn 12.0.16299.15

    Is this an 1803 bug?

    It's possible to use the Properties sheet or Details pane if you wish:
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