Editing Metadata NOT using Itunes

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by MacMePro, May 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    i'm pretty new to the Mac environment & am enjoying-it. That being said, i've got a huge audio library & i have a few metadata to edit.....how hard can this be??

    I don't want to use Itunes, because i have files that are'nt read by this software. When i try to use the software Media Rage, even though i save my new entry, it doen'nt keep the info permanently (the software appears to save the metadata, but when i relaunch the software, my entries vanish?!?).

    Thanks for any help; other software to edit metadata??
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    The absolute best software hands down I've found for meta data for audio files is MP3Tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) . Sadly, it's only for windows, but works well if you have Parallels or similar to run it in.

    I've the past, i've tried making a wineskin wrapper for it with some success, but usually isn't good enough for me to use that as opposed to Parallels or just a windows machine.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mp3 atg

    Thank's beagle. I use to be a windows guy & i liked that that mp3tag software you're talking about...can't believe this is such work simply to edit tags on Mac (grr). Still looking

    cheers man

     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    There are some similar ones on the mac side, but again, not as good..can't recall the names as the "similar but not" wasn't enough for me to continue using. I'll look when i get home. Try looking around macupdate for some older stuff that might not have migrated to the app store, lacking slickness but gaining functionality.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Got it...finally!

    I was breaking my back trying to edit metadata info on WAV files....grrrr! No can do. I transfered to FLAC & everything is cool.

    Thank's again!!


     
  6. macrumors 603

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    You could transcode FLAC to ALAC (no loss) and use iTunes to do your tagging. Then anytime you wanted or needed FLAC you could just transcode back (no loss). I believe it will keep all the metadata sans song count/# of plays.
     
  7. Guest

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    Tag for Mac, Tag.app, MetaZ, ID3 Editor, Music Tag Editor...
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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  9. macrumors member

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    refreshing the tags

    Kid3 is a good id3 editor. It does AIFFs which seems to be a rare feature. And it uses Discogs database (among others). I also use Mp3tag in Windows over Parallels.

    Once you've edited all you tags in an external editor, how do you get iTunes to refresh that tag info for all those songs? Sure, selecting "get info" will refresh the tags for one song at a time (selecting multiple songs with "get info" does not refresh the tags), but how do you refresh all the songs at once?
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    I'm using an external editor and iTunes keeps overwriting my metadata with the old metadata from the cloud. What gives?
     
  11. macrumors 603

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    Apple Music/iCloud Music Library is a cancer.
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    I can confirm this issue is still in the new iTunes version 12.2.1.16.
    Also, the heart indicating loved songs does not stick either.
     
  13. macrumors 603

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    If you have access to Windows, I still use Tag&Rename. For me this is probably one of the best programs for tagging pretty much any type of music file. I don't know if it is better than MP3Tag, but for me it is.

    I have not found anything on the Mac side that is as powerful or as easy as either one of the above mentioned programs. I did receive a free code for a Mac version of an editor, but I haven't been able to give it a spin yet though.
     

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