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TagScanner

CNET Editors' review

Digital music is all well and good, but who wants to type in album and artist information for each track? With the free TagScanner, you don't have to. This efficient and powerful tag editor lets you edit metadata automatically as well as by hand, both for individual files and file batches.

The automatic tagging feature is most impressive. Although it can hit up online databases such as FreeDB, Discogs, and Amazon like many other auto-tagging apps, it can also generate tags from file and folder names--something many others can't. It works in the opposite direction, too, generating filenames from tags.

TagScanner has an elegant and orderly interface, and lets you preview filenames before applying changes. The only catch is that you'll need to spend some time learning the program's file- and tag-naming language. However, if you have thousands of music tracks crying out for organization, that's a small price to pay.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE SCAM!"

    October 29, 2013  |   By BlackRoof

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.638

    Pros

    If you are a digital Commando, and love to battle MALWARE, VIRUSES, REGISTRY SABOTAGE AND ATTEMPTS TO COMPROMISE YOUR SECURITY, then this is the download for you!

    Cons

    5 minute battle to stop this SCAMWARE from connecting to the internet, during installation. It tried various tricks using various sub-programs.
    Despite declining ALL OFFERS, three unwanted programs and a toolbar were installed.

    Following an emergency restart found 54 new Registry problems; INCLUDING A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE FIREWALL!!!

    Then 10 (Yes TEN!) viruses found by an immediate virus scan!!!

    Summary

    This freeware is FULL of SCAMWARE!!!

    Developers who do these things deserve ALL THE BAD LUCK THAT THEY BRING ON THEMSELVES!!!

    They are clearly worthless and penniless FOR A REASON!

    C.NET and DOWNLOAD.COM should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
    Any guarantees of trustworthiness HAVE NOW ALL GONE STRAIGHT OUT THE WINDOW!

    I used you & trusted you for years. WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

    I'm not sure you'll EVER BE SEEING ME AGAIN.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software!"

    October 1, 2013  |   By Mista808

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.638

    Pros

    It does everything it says it will do. Works great. And it's FREE! Not just a trial. 100% FREE!

    Cons

    The only cons are the fact that if you don't pay attention while clicking through the install menus, it will install bloatware that you will not need. If people would just pay attention and do a "custom" install and hit "decline" for each of the bloated software trying to install. Then you are perfectly fine. So basically there are 0 cons. Anyone who says there are cons are simply unaware of how to read and avoid installing software they don't need.

    READ PEOPLE!

    Otherwise have fun keeping IT guys like me in business.

    Summary

    Great software. A+

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Current version bloated with deceptive software"

    September 24, 2013  |   By steveddr

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.638

    Pros

    Everything installed EXCEPT the program I wanted. I didn't try reinstalling after all the hoops I had to jump through to get rid of the bad stuff that was installed.

    Cons

    I had a previous version that worked well, so I had my guard down. Despite declining all optional downloads and foolishly proceeding with installation of other required programs, everything I DIDN'T want was installed. I had to remove programs via control panel, run Malwarebytes to remove registry keys and other bad stuff, manually reset settings in Chrome and Internet Explorer, and do a complete uninstall and reinstall of Firefox. This program completely wasted an hour of my life.

    Summary

    Avoid Tagscanner like the plague. If you did not see these bad reviews before installing, please submit your own review and report the problem to Cnet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unwanted extra software"

    September 15, 2013  |   By curtlschumacher

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.638

    Pros

    Cons outweigh the pros. Really doesn't do anything better than many other legitimate software programs.

    Cons

    Deceptive software. Installed unwanted software even when I choose not to in the install. CNet needs to eliminate their editors choice for software that does this. TagScanner seems buggy.

    Summary

    I uninstalled. You shouldn't bother installing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful Tagging Program Met My Needs (& then some)"

    August 8, 2013  |   By sockanasa

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.637

    Pros

    1. Very powerful program. By that I mean that it lets you get into the intricacies of tagging files, renaming files, renaming tags, breaking tracks by disc #, auto numbering, re-arranging order, parsing tags to create other tags or file names, etc.

    2. Preview! For many of the tagging management & mixing, you can press the preview button and a window will generate a full list of all the new values of all the files to be changed. Use this before committing changes to the file as you may pickup something you missed like numbering with no zero spacers when you wanted 2: 01, 02, ... 15.

    Cons

    1. Very powerful program. This program takes some time to mentally process all it can do, especially if you are new to tagging and the different versions. This can be particularly dangerous if you set it off on a task to update all the tracks on your pc and you got at least one change wrong.

    Summary

    Sometimes a program can be so flexible that it takes time to learn and haste or not understanding something can cause grave errors. However, for a power user willing to take the time, it is more than worth the time.
    I'll put it like this: if you like Apple's approach of "anyone can do this" by extremely limiting the users options, then this probably isn't for you because there are so many options & opportunities to screw up. If you are a die hard Linux command prompt type, then perhaps this is to "GUI-fied". But the pc enthusiast in the middle with a willingness to learn (took me about 20 minutes to be dangerous) will find this a powerful medium ground.
    BTW, this is free. If you find yourself using this program, I believe you should donate to the developers to keep development continuing.

    Regarding extra spam-ware reviews...
    No malware, spyware, junkware installed if you read each install window. I installed this using CNET's download & install software. For me, CNET's installer had 3 windows offering to install other software. The first window needed to be unchecked (Ask toolbar). The next two listed user agreements which you could accept or decline. In bold typeface at the top you'll see you are accepting installation of a separate program. Hit "Decline" and the setup moves to the next step. I had 2 windows like this. For those of us who are used to just accepting user agreements w/o reading them, this can be annoying. (I had to kill my install and start over since there's no back button.) but this was part of CNET's installer and not TagScanner's.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great"

    July 24, 2013  |   By Sucram10002

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.637

    Pros

    Great tool for tagging mp3s including image files

    Cons

    None found

    Summary

    Installer does not install anything without your permission if you actually read what it is saying!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Like mpulse7 said"

    July 16, 2013  |   By TheAvangard

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.637

    Pros

    Can't be trusted.

    Cons

    Terrible, installs unwanted software and extensions on your internet browser without asking for permission.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "One very nasty piece of software"

    June 14, 2013  |   By mpulse7

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.637

    Pros

    Tagger might be good, but don't trust deceptive practices

    Cons

    Adds junk even when you tell it not to.

    Summary

    Wow! Never got chance to evaluate tagger because of effort necessary to delete garbage that came with it. Unchecked boxes that contained extra stuff but was downloaded anyway. Knew what I was in for when installation closed my browser and I got a flag that security had been disabled. Opened up browser and found unwanted toolbar. Tried to do system restore to get rid of everything and couldn't because of multiple disc errors. After a couple of hours of chkdsking still couldn't do restore. Settled for uninstalling tagger and resetting browser to its default state. Then scanned system with every antivirus and malware software I have. Tagger looked good, worried about deceptive practices. Folks at Cnet need to take another look at this.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great. A huge problem solver."

    April 10, 2013  |   By mdezrin

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.631

    Pros

    Very robust and fast! flexible.

    Cons

    Takes a few minutes to learn and understand.

    Summary

    Highly recommend.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Current version bundled with unwanted adware"

    February 28, 2013  |   By tchntm43

    Version: TagScanner 5.1.630

    Pros

    The program itself is as useful as the other comments mention.

    Cons

    The current version comes with bundled software that nobody in their right mind would want on their computers. See Summary for details.

    Summary

    During the installation, it requested to install WhiteSmoke Toolbar. You do not want this. Firefox identifies it as a known stability and security vulnerability. You can remove it after installing it. Make sure to remove both the browser plugin as well as removing it from your computer's Add/Remove programs.

    While it was nice that it at least asked about WhiteSmoke, it did not ask permission before installing the other two nasty programs. The first is called Iminent. Do a google search on this and you'll find loads of reports about this being a browser redirecting malware, sometimes it is referred to as a "click-jack". This is installed as a program onto your computer. There was no browser plugin to remove. Some users report being unable to remove this, and that it disabled Malwarebytes, but I did not encounter that problem. The second additional program is called GetSavin. This is another seemingly innocent "toolbar" that is adware... it throws ads for its website when visiting other webpages. There is no reason for any sane person to want this installed. Fortunately, very easy to uninstall.

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