Tag your hits

Tag your tunes, search for lyrics, and more with this up-to-date music freeware.

MetatOGGer is a free MP3 tag editor that's easier to use than to say, at least in English. It automatically tags your MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, WMA, and other audio files by analyzing each song's sound fingerprint and comparing it with the MusicBrainz online archive. It also automatically finds lyrics for songs at the LyricWiki site. Of course, it incorporates a media player, making it a good choice for your main music program.

MetatOGGer's clean, ultrastylish interface will be immediately familiar to anyone who's used a recent Office app like Outlook or Word, with its tabbed File, Home, and View pages. The Home and View tabs toggle between different toolbars but share the same main window view. We added songs from our archive, and MetatOGGer's main view quickly filled with data listed under a wide range of headings, with many more headings available for customizing. A sidebar displayed extensive data for individual files, including lyrics. In the Tag section of the toolbar, we clicked the button labeled From Acoustic Fingerprint, which scanned our tunes to identify each by its digital signature, a foolproof method for identifying duplicates as well as extracting detailed file information. We could select all or just a few tunes to search via check boxes and then pick which tags to overwrite from a small pop-up. A progress bar tracked our batch, which took a few minutes to process. Using similar controls, we were able to search for lyrics online as well as identify and delete duplicates in our archives. The View tab offered many options for configuring columns, workspaces, and groups. At the very top of the interface, the developers included an extra Play button, just where you can always find it quickly.

MetatOGGer offers fast and easy tagging of large music collections, a high degree of customizability, an attractive and efficient interface, and lots of convenience, including automatic updates. It shows just how far MP3 tag editors have come since the Napster era.

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