If you need to manage your music collection easily and without any hassle, TagScanner just may be the tool you were looking for. You can use it to edit the tags of most audio formats, as well as perform a wide variety of other operations on your audio tracks.
The application is free to download and use, and comes with some quite advanced features. However, its user interface may not be the friendliest we have seen.
So, how can this little program help you? The tag editor can easily perform batch ID3 tag editing operations. This means that you can edit the tags on multiple files without having to perform each edit manually. Some of the attributes you can change are artist, genre, song name, and album.
The program can rename all of your audio tracks (or just some of them) based on the information in the ID3 tags. If the data is accurate, the songs will be properly named using the Artist and Song Name data in the tags.
You can search for cover art and download it automatically. The program searches for these goodies in databases such as MusicBrainz, Amazon and FreeDB. The cover art (if the program can find it), can be applied to entire albums with just a mouse click. However, keep in mind that cover art is not always accurate.
The software is able to create playlists based on attributes you select. For example, it can generate playlists that contain only songs from an artist or from just a few of his or her albums. Playlists are correctly named using the name of the artist, the name of the album and the release year. To program can also export lists of songs to HTML, Excel or even plain text. The only downside to this program is its user interface. Although the developers did their best to make the UI as user-friendly as possible, the features of the program are so advanced that they require more input than expected. However, you should get used to working with the most advanced features in a matter of minutes.
The free TagScanner program offers more advanced features than its MP3Tag and Tag Rename competitors. However, these advanced functions come at the expense of the user interface, although it could be understood instantly even by people without much IT experience. Overall, the program is more than enough to organize huge music collections.