The term “Tag Editing” actually refers to editing of a certain type of “meta-data” content inside of a multimedia container. This “meta data” is what holds information such as the “Artist Name, Year, Genre etc” and is used by the file manager to display these details when we move our mouse over these files and multimedia players also use these data.
But sometimes, the files that you receive may not include the correct or original “meta-data” or may be missing some of them. Most multimedia players (specially the audio players) do let you edit this tag information with ease but if you have a huge list of files that requires “mass editing”, then you’ll need a dedicated utility.
So if you’re looking for an open-source, completely free, cross-platform audio tag editor that can be used in both MS Windows and GNU/Linux (including Ubuntu), then EasyTAG is certainly one of the best ones out there that you should try.
*. They’ve designed the UI window in a way that easily lets you load and manage folders filled with audio files.
*. Add/Delete both folders and individual files.
*. Supports audio codecs such as: MP3, MP2, Ogg Vorbis, Flac, AAC, MP4, MusePack, Wav Pack and Monkey Audio formats.
*. Sort files and folders by Artist name, Title, Year etc.
*. Remove and edit all the information on ID3 tags such as:
Title, Artist, Year, Album name, Track Genre, Comments, add-pictures/album-art, Copyright, Encoded by, URL, etc with ease.
*. Show basic information about the file (bit-rate, sample rate, duration, file format, etc).
*. Undo/Redo support.
*. Create playlists.
*. Open files in your default audio player.
*. Search for files on the list (useful if you have a massive list 😉 ).
*. Search for online (and offline) CD databases for finding auto filling the missing meta-data.
You can install EasyTAG in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by issuing the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install easytag
Other users (MS Windows and GNU/Linux in general) please go to this EasyTAG home page for more information on how to install and download it.