If you buy music, chances are you get lots of music missing metadata tags. These tags correspond to the title, artist, album, year, genre, and track number. NeatMP3 is a tool that can edit these tags.
Let’s start by talking about why these tags are important. If you don’t have metadata tags in an audio file, it won’t appear right. For example, not all music files are named the title of the song. I have seen some that are just numbers. If you don’t have a title to use in the metadata, it uses the filename, which wouldn’t be correct in this instance.
Missing metadata tags are also very inconvenient. The reason for using metadata tags is to make searching easier. If you want songs by Bobby Joe, all you have to do is search for Bobby Joe. However, if you are missing metadata tags for the artist, that song won’t show up in your search results.
So enough of the bad, let’s talk about how you can fix it. Simply start up NeatMP3 and drag the music files you want to modify into the list. If you are too cool for drag and drop, you can use the Add button to select files and folders. Currently, it supports audio files in MP3, M4A, WAV, WMA, WAVE, and more.
Then, you can right click on a track and choose Edit Tags. Then change the five fields shown. Do this for all the items in your list that you want to change, and then press the Start button with the magic wand.
If you have multiple songs you need to change at once, you can use the Batch Edit Tags command. Fill up the list and then choose Batch Edit Tags from the right click menu. If a field says [Original], the tag will not be changed. Then, press the magic Start button again and watch it go.
There is an option in the program to do an automatic tag lookup for the song, but it doesn’t fill in the tags for you. You can choose Online Tag Search and then a service (discogs.com, allmusic.com) and it will open a link to the website in your default web browser.
It also has a built-in media player. It isn’t worth much, but it will let you know what the song is. The two buttons are Play and Stop. To play a song, click on it and press Play. The song will play from the beginning until it is over, or you can press Stop manually.
You can also choose to monitor a folder for new additions, and it will automatically edit the tags according to the loaded profile. It is very useful for batch operations.
The one thing that I wish NeatMP3 had was the ability to change album art. Album art is commonly missing in music files from the internet.
Pros and Cons
- Free version offered
- Cheap five dollar price tag
- Supports all common formats
- Built in media player
- Doesn’t auto-fill tags from online sources
- Can’t change/add album art
If you are downloading music and commonly run into issues, NeatMP3 will most likely fix your tagging problems, unless you need to switch out album art.
- Quality: Tin
- Rating: 7/10
- Recommended: Yes