What is MusicBrainz?
MusicBrainz is a music encyclopedia or a large database just like freedb and discogs.
The MusicBrainz Database is built on the PostgreSQL relational database engine. Many of us have heard about the Musicbrainz but never dug deep enough to know that it is a database and it is used by many apps to recognize music, tag media, and similar kind of media properties.
One such popular app is MP3Tag which is available for Windows and Mac. It even supports Windows 95. It is super easy to use and batch tag editing with all the necessary quick actions make this our favorite tag editor. It uses Discogs, Freedb, Musicbrainz as an ally to get data which includes information about artists, release groups, releases, recordings, works, and labels, as well as the many relationships between them. The database also contains a full history of all the changes that the MusicBrainz community has made to the data.
If you are looking to get help about the associated data of millions of songs then look no further. Happy tagged music library!
How tag editors work? (Generally*)
“Musicbrainz” is a massive database of music and its associated data. Exactly, it’s simply that.
What we witness in some tag editor apps is just a application of this utility database.
Generally they check your song against the database to find a match. If there aren’t enough parameters to perform a query then the song is checked against AcoustID (a database of audio fingerprints).
AcoustID is the reason you aren’t getting worried about those endless “Track01.mp3” in your music library.
MusicBrainz official tagging tool
MusicBrainz Picard (Windows/OS X/Linux) is the official MusicBrainz tagging tool, and it offers a simple interface that hides a lot of power.
- It can do acoustic fingerprint searches
- Entire CD searches
- It has a lot of plugins to extend its features.
- With the right plugins, you will get access to MusicBrainz, Amazon, Google, SoundtrackCollector, and lots of other sources.
- There are plugins to use Last.fm tags as your genres, moods.
- There’s another plugin that downloads cover art.
- You can drag in a track, and the app will show you the album it’s from, not just the appropriate tags. You can then choose to save the tags or make changes.
- Best of all, Picard can update your filenames in addition to updating its tags.
Now the main question.
How can I edit tags on my Android smartphone?
We know that arranging a huge music library is not so simple but ‘AutoTagger’ is a great app to help you with that. This app is focused on batch tag editing and auto-tag search. It is a very efficient app with good design. But it only supports .mp3, .mp4 and .flac formats for now.
Note: There may be certain tracks that it will refuse to update (not best of the experience).
Another such app for Android is ‘Automatic Tag Editor’.
Picard is probably the most versatile tagging app we’ve tried and we rely heavily on it when it comes to our music library. And we must say that it hardly disappoints.
Also take a look at some other tagging tools.
Jaikoz for Linux, Mac OS and Windows.
Jaikoz is a Java program used for editing and mass tagging music file tags. Jaikoz generates acoustic fingerprints from music files using the AcoustId service and then performs a search in Musicbrainz. It currently supports tagging of Mp4, M4a, M4p, Mp3, Wma, Flac, Aiff, Wav, Dsf, and Ogg files.
Jaikoz is a premium product ($30). It takes a song-and-artist approach to tag your music as opposed to Picard’s album-centric approach. It can even tag without any sort of metadata. It matches the power of Picard but is a more organized and friendly package overall.
On windows, you can also check out MP3Tag, MetatOGGer, SongKong, and Picard (once more).
Metatogger works with Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, M4A (AAC and ALAC) and WMA whereas MP3Tag supports aac, alac,aif / aifc / aiff, dsf, flac, mka, Monkey’s Audio (ape), Mpeg Layer 3 (mp3), MPEG-4 (mp4 / m4a / m4b / m4v / iTunes), mpc, ogg, Windows Media Audio (wma), wv, wav and many more.
Metatogger uses Microsoft .Net 3.5 frameworks, so you’ll need to install this first.
Want to know how to tag your music? Here is the complete guide for that.
Please let us know about what tool you are using and is there any versatile tool we should have mentioned here.