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Ant Pruitt: Tag Editor on Linux


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aGNUdomain/ — Don’t you just love SourceForge? I do. There are so many great projects and tools available for the free and open sourced community. Just recently I found that some of my media files weren’t properly tagged to my liking. I assumed there were tools available for download to manipulate the meta data of an audio or video file. If a free, closed source application such as iTunes would allow this, there has to be a package available in the FOSS community. SourceForge to the rescue! Here I found an app called Audio Tag Tool to suit my simple needs on my Ubuntu Linux PC.


Image credit: Ant Pruitt for aGNUdomain

Audio Tag Tool “can be used to edit individual tags, or to easily tag or rename hundreds of files at once, in any desired format.” Can it get any simpler? Probably not. Audio Tag Tool opens up and offers a simple user interface to manipulate the identifiers (tags) associated with your media file. Want to rename or edit a particular property of an .mp3 file, just open up the .mp3 in Tag Tool and type over the ID3 tag. ID3 tags are the containers on .mp3 files which hold specific information such as the artist name, track number or song title. Here you’ll see one of my favorite CDs that I ripped to .mp3 for cloud playback.


Image credit: Ant Pruitt for aGNUdomain

If I want a specific music player to properly classify or organize the album by artist name, I can just change the name from Bob to Robert as an example and save the information. Next time this album is read by my music player of choice, it will classify the album artist as Robert James and not Bob James. This doesn’t affect the playback of the audio file. You will still keep the same sampling and bit rate to ensure the music is pleasing to your ears. You can find Tag Tool on SourceForge. If you’re an Ubuntu user as I am, you can install Tag Tool directly from the Ubuntu Software Store.

What are some of your favorite tag editing tools? In a perfect world my tags would be just right, but the geek in me wants tags specified a certain way. Tell me the free tools you’re using to edit ID3 tags.

I’m Ant Pruitt and this is aGNUdomain.

Based in Charlotte, NC, Ant Pruitt is an IT pro, a columnist and the podcast captain at Look for his Smartphone Photographers Community and Yet Another Tech Show. Follow him @ihavnolyfe or on Google+ and email him at See all Ant’s articles on by following this link here at





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