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Batch Editing id3 tags in DOS

by jackingoldsby / June 5, 2008 12:57 AM PDT

I have a few thousand mp3 files spread across a few hundred directories for which I wish to update the artist name. The issue is I don't want to use a GUI to select each of the files and update it as it will take too long.

I need a command or utility so I can change the artist with a DOS batch script

I can generate the full path to each of the files without any problem and dump it into a text file I can manipulate, so I was thinking of something like this example in order to change the artist to "Rattle" for for the first 3 files and then "von Karajan" for the last 3.

change artist "C:\Music\Beethoven\Symphonies\Fifth_01.mp3" "Rattle"
change artist "C:\Music\Beethoven\Symphonies\Fifth_02.mp3" "Rattle"
change artist "C:\Music\Beethoven\Symphonies\Fifth_03.mp3" "Rattle"
change artist "C:\Music\Beethoven\Symphonies\Ninth_01.mp3" "von Karajan"
change artist "C:\Music\Beethoven\Symphonies\Ninth_02.mp3" "von Karajan"
change artist "C:\Music\Beethoven\Symphonies\Ninth_03.mp3" "von Karajan"

Would be grateful for any suggestions.

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Link only
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2008 1:55 AM PDT
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ID3 tags
by jackingoldsby / June 5, 2008 2:52 AM PDT
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I just tried it and I don't think it supports id3 v2.3... should have specified this requirement

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(NT) No it doesn't. And noted in the specs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2008 3:30 AM PDT
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Or my preference...
by John.Wilkinson / June 5, 2008 2:34 AM PDT
MP3Tag. It has its own scripting functionality which is easy to use and can update tags/filenames and delete duplicates in seconds.

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ID3 tags
by jackingoldsby / June 5, 2008 3:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Or my preference...

I had a look and while mp3tag doesn't provide DOS support, it does allow one to import tags from a text file, which works just as well.

Thanks a lot for your help.

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Batch Editing id3 tags in DOS - Solution
by schoonbidoune / June 17, 2008 11:25 PM PDT
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