TigoTago Tutorial: How to Mass-Edit ID3 Tags

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Introduction

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Audio file metadata is extra information that is stored in a special container within the file. This data gives you information about the file such as artist, title, album, year, etc. Programs such as iTunes and Winamp can edit this meta information but it can be painfully slow when you have a lot of media files to edit.

TigoTago is a tag editor that can batch edit a selection of files in one go. For example, you can automatically fill in the track number of a group of files to fit the track list order of an album. TigoTago has useful functions to mass edit your music or media library with advanced tools ​like, search and replace, download CDDB album information, file re-order, change case, and file names from tags etc. By following this tutorial you can save yourself a huge amount of time by batch editing your media collection instead of editing each one manually.

The latest version of TigoTago can be downloaded from the TigoTago website.

System Requirements:

  • Windows All
  • NET Framework 1.1 or higher

Supported media files:

  • MP3 (ID3 v1.1 & v2.3.0), AVI, WAV, WMA, WMV, ASF

When you have downloaded and installed TigoTago, run it by clicking the icon on your desktop or via the programs menu.

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Setting the working directory

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In order to edit ID3 tags, you will first need to change to a directory that contains your music/media files. To do this, first click on the Change Directory (yellow folder) icon that is displayed in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A dialog box will then appear displaying the directory tree of your system; navigate to the appropriate folder that contains files that you want to edit and click OK to set this directory.

TigoTago will quickly scan the working directory that you have selected and after a few seconds will list all the media files that have metadata.

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Using an online CDDB to import ID3 tag information

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A CDDB (CD Database) is an online resource that is used by TigoTago to lookup CD album information and automatically import it into the various meta-tags (artist, song title, album, etc.) contained in a file. This one step alone can save you a huge amount of time when compared to manually editing each file one-by-one.

TigoTago uses three online CD database resources (FreeDB.org, Discogs.com, and MusicBrainz.org) to lookup CD album information. To automatically fill in metadata for an album using MusicBrainz.org, just click the MusicBrainz.org icon in the toolbar (musical note) and type in the name of the artist and album. From the results list that appears, highlight an entry and click OK. Finally, a summary screen will list the tracks on the album, album title, artist, and year – click OK if you are happy to import the information.

At this point, none of the information will have been written to the files on the hard drive to give you the chance to modify any tag if necessary. To write the new metadata information to disk, click on the Save All icon (blue multiple disk image).

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Renaming your files using ID3 tag information

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One of the great features of TigoTago is being able to rename a batch of files by using ID3 tag information. Very often files can be poorly named and need extra identification to make organizing your music library easier. TigoTago has numerous tools to help you identify and organize your music library – one of which is the Names From Tags tool.

To batch process a selection of files and rename them by using their metadata, click on the Names From Tags icon (see image above). You will be presented with a popup box that you can use to set the filename mask. For example, by default the filename mask is [%6 %2] which formats the filenames to have the track number followed by the title name. To apply your custom filename mask click ​OK. Remember that the files on your hard drive will not be modified until you click on the Save All icon.

TigoTago has many more tools that are not featured in this tutorial but are well worth experimenting with to help you organize your music library efficiently.