In the world of music downloads and audio digitization, having your music collection neatly organized is not only convenient but also necessary in many cases: the larger the collection is, the more important it is to have it adequately cataloged. Music Tag helps you add missing info to your favorite tracks so that it can be used and displayed by your portable playback devices and music libraries.
You can load or drag-and-drop as many audio files as required to the tagging list. You can then tag them one file at a time or select a number of them (or even the entire list) and ask the program to tag them all for you in just one go. A little antenna-like icon on the bottom-right corner of the program’s interface will tell you if your Internet connection is ready or not. If it’s green, you’re ready to tell the program to download any missing information from a database that contains tags for more than 35 million tracks and that it’s been updated on a regular basis. Despite this impressive number of songs, I have to say that the program failed to tag a significant number of songs in my collection or tagged them just partially. They weren’t particularly obscure or hard-to-find music tracks, so maybe searching in more than one music database would help the program to improve its tagging accuracy.
The tags that Music Tag will retrieve for you are basically those that most playback devices tend to display on their screens: title, artist, album, genre, year, track and disc numbers, and the cover artwork. The program offers you additional (or custom) tags that will let you add the name of the composer and a comment to your tracks. All tracks can be edited manually if you wish, which comes in handy when Music Tag cannot find on the Web all the information about a certain track. Tags can also be removed using the “undo” function but need to be saved manually before leaving the program.
Music Tag’s overall level of accuracy and efficiency leaves room for improvement. Having checked and used various other free tagging tools that not only have a higher rate of success, but also cover a much larger list of tags and offer you a plethora of other utilities (such as renaming and duplicate searching features), I find Music Tag a bit overpriced for what you get. If it is simplicity that you’re looking for, your music collection doesn’t deviate much from the best-selling music artists, and you’re willing to pay for it, this tagging program may still be an option to be considered, though.
- Easiness of use
- Allows you to edit tags manually
- Batch tagging available
- Offers you various possible matches
- Adds cover artwork to your music tracks
- Built-in audio player
- Limited number of tags
- Fails to find a significant number of tags
- Scarce functionality for a commercial tagging tool