I was ripping all my CDs into OGG format - they sounded good, and the file size was small. However, when I got a portable MP3 player that didn't support OGG format I had to convert them all to MP3s. Instead of re-ripping, I converted the OGGs to MP3s (I know, audio purists shudder at such a thought). Only later after I had deleted all of the OGGs did I realize that the tags identifying artist, album and title didn't get added to the MP3s. I had thousands of MP3s with no MP3 ID tags. Arghh!

Faced with the prospect of re-ripping hundreds of CDs, I set out in search of an automatic MP3 tagger. After looking at a number of them I settled on Entagged - the Musical Box. I like entagged for a number of reasons:

  • Written in Java, so it runs on Linux and Solaris

  • Interacts with FreeDB to grab album/artist and genre info

  • It is open source

If you are looking for an MP3 tagger, I'd recommend entagged.


Thank you for your article! I'll been looking for just such a beast (written in Java) for a while now. Java open source is the best solution for me, it means I can tweak things if necessary :) Thanks again.

Posted by Rubachicken on December 15, 2005 at 06:31 AM EST #

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