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  1. Joined : Sep 2015
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       26 Jun 2016 #1

    Batch Append Mp3 Tags


    Does anyone know of any software, or hack, or any other way that will allow me to batch append mp3 metadata tags to about 1000 mp3 files.

    There are 1000 songs, different titles, different artists, different genres. Lets say all of these are pop songs but for whatever reason my tagger software won't put the pop tag in the genre field.

    What I would like to do is append that one tag [Pop] to all these songs without otherwise disturbing the genre tags that are already there.

    So if prior to appending:
    Song 1 - Funk; Alternative, Retro
    Song 2 - Alternative; Metal; Adult

    Afterwards I should be left with:

    Song 1 - Funk; Alternative; Retro; Pop
    Song 2 - Alternative; Metal; Adult; Pop

    I've found a couple solutions but all those will allow me to to do is replace everything in the Genre field.

    So after conversion what I end up with is
    Song 1 - Pop
    Song 2 - Pop

    That's not what I want, as I've lost all the other tags in the field.

    Thanks in advance for any help at all.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
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       26 Jun 2016 #2

    Mp3tag works well.
    Mp3tag - Download
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  3. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,608
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       26 Jun 2016 #3

    Yes.. with mp3tag installed, select all the files your interested in, then rt click, click MP3tag.

    MP3tag's window should open and those files should be listed.
    Now in that window, select all the files you want to change.
    You will see <keep> in the fields in the left pane.
    So change just what you want to change, then save.
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  4. Joined : Sep 2015
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       27 Jun 2016 #4

    Thanks for this suggestion guys.

    When I try mp3tag it doesn't append the tag. What I leave in the genre field is < keep > ; Pop

    Using the examples above again, what I get is:

    Song 1 - < keep > ; Pop
    Song 2 - < keep > ; Pop

    Instead of:
    Song 1 - Funk; Alternative; Retro; Pop
    Song 2 - Alternative; Metal; Adult; Pop

    Is there something I'm not doing?
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
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       27 Jun 2016 #5

    PlatypusKnight said: View Post
    When I try mp3tag it doesn't append the tag. What I leave in the genre field is < keep > ; Pop
    Using the examples above again, what I get is:
    Song 1 - < keep > ; Pop
    Song 2 - < keep > ; Pop

    Instead of:
    Song 1 - Funk; Alternative; Retro; Pop
    Song 2 - Alternative; Metal; Adult; Pop

    Is there something I'm not doing?
    <keep> says don't change

    I'm not certain, but you could try this on one file
    %genre%;Pop

    Here's the Mp3tag online help Mp3tag Help - Content
    I think you'll find something that meets your needs - I don't use the command line or scripting, but that might be what you need to use instead of the GUI. Regular expressions or variables should be your focus.
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  6. Joined : Jan 2015
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       27 Jun 2016 #6

    PlatypusKnight said: View Post
    Thanks for this suggestion guys.

    When I try mp3tag it doesn't append the tag. What I leave in the genre field is < keep > ; Pop

    Using the examples above again, what I get is:

    Song 1 - < keep > ; Pop
    Song 2 - < keep > ; Pop

    Instead of:
    Song 1 - Funk; Alternative; Retro; Pop
    Song 2 - Alternative; Metal; Adult; Pop

    Is there something I'm not doing?
    Have you actually a. over written the <keep> text with your new text? b. Clicked the save button and got a confirmatory message such as
    'Saved tags in 4 files'?

    Some screenshots would help if this still doesn't work for you.
    It does for me...

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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
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       27 Jun 2016 #7

    dal, I think Platypus wants to append Pop to the existing genre of many files

    I haven't found a way to do that ... yet.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2015
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       27 Jun 2016 #8

    Slartybart said: View Post
    dal, I think Platypus wants to append Pop to the existing genre of many files

    I haven't found a way to do that ... yet.
    You got it Slarty

    That's exactly what I want to do. Given how long mp3 tagging has been around, I'm surprised that this isn't a common function, or that more people haven't requested it. Haven't seen anyone on any other forums asking for it either.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
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       27 Jun 2016 #9

    PlatypusKnight said: View Post
    You got it Slarty

    That's exactly what I want to do. Given how long mp3 tagging has been around, I'm surprised that this isn't a common function, or that more people haven't requested it. Haven't seen anyone on any other forums asking for it either.
    I'll be honest with you - there's a lot of reading on the Mp3tag help that probably has the answer. It might be in the command line options, or export, or regular expressions. I don't have first hand experience in what you want to do (otherwise, I would tell you )

    To be perfectly honest, I'm not certain Mp3tag can do that - but having read enough of the help, I believe Mp3tag can do what you want. It might be a few steps ... export edit import or it is a single operation that I have never used.

    Read through the online help and try things on a copy of a few files.

    Or ... another member might drop by and give you the method in Mp3tag or provide another software package.

    I'll keep an eye on your thread if you find something in Mp3tag help and want another pair of eyes on it.
    I'd like to know too, so I might dig deeper, but for now, this is your research project

    Best of luck,

    Bill
    .
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  10. Joined : Jul 2014
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       27 Jun 2016 #10

    Mp3 organizer - Tag&Rename
    can do what you want. However, it's a paid version or you can try a 30 day-trial version.
    You can export the meta data to an excel file. globally Modify/Append the appropriate tag (genre in your case) then import it back.

    Here's a short video:
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