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5 of the Best Free Linux Music Tag Editors

5 of the Best Free Linux Music Tag Editors

A tag editor (or tagger) is an application which allows users to edit metadata of multimedia files. Metadata is the data about the audio data. It lets information about the audio file such as the title, artist, conductor, album, track length, lyrics, embedded images, and other information be stored in the audio file itself.

The most common form of audio tag is ID3, of which there are two unrelated types (ID3v1 and ID3v2). There are also other types of audio tags, including Vorbis Comments (found in Ogg and FLAC audio files), and APE tags. Tag editors are not just confined to audio files. Taggers for graphic formats (such as JPEG and TIFF) are also available.

Tag editors are frequently used to correct and organise multimedia files and they support popular digital audio formats. They can rename files based on the tag information, replace words in tags and filenames, create playlists, and import/export tag information. An important feature we look for is the ability to make online database lookups, saving valuable time in collating tags and cover art for your music collection.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 proficient music tag editors. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to keep their music collection organised.

Now, let's explore the 5 music tag editors at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Music Tag Editors
Kid3 Highly efficient audio tagger
MusicBrainz Picard Cross-platform MusicBrainz tag editor written in Python
Pinky-Tagger Mass tagger which supports the MusicBrainz (PUID & TRM) service
EasyTAG Tag editor for MP3, Ogg Vorbis files and more
Cowbell Elegant music organizer

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