The importance of iTunes tags, also known as iTunes ID3 tags, cannot be overemphasized. It is provides metadata or information about iTunes songs, movies, TV shows and podcasts. This information includes name, year of release, artist and genre, amongst others. Theseare usually pre-filled for purchased songs.
But there are times when songs in your iTunes library may lack these tags, especially when they are ripped from CDs or downloaded from certain sites.
Without proper tagging, you will find it hard to locate songs you wish to listen to at a particular point in time, especially when you have several hundreds or thousands of songs in your library.
The information provided below should help you in properly renaming and tagging your iTunes songs.
How To Rename and Tag iTunes Songs
You have the choice of using iTunes built-in tag editor or a third party program to edit or add tags to songs in your iTunes library.
Using iTunes’s built-in editor
If all you need is simply to rename a song or album in your iTunes library, this can easily be achieved from the List View in the application. Simply click the List View button in iTunes window and your songs are displayed in a list of text format. Click once on the name of the song or album you wish to rename. Type the desired name in the provided field and press Enter on Windows or Return on Mac to save the name.
You can as well rename a song when editing or adding other required tags to songs. Follow the steps below to get started:
1. Select the songs in iTunes that you want to rename or add tags to and then press CTRL + I on a PC or Command + I on a Mac to pop up the Get Info window. You can equally do this from iTunes File menu or by right-clicking on the song and selecting Get Info from the displayed menu.
2. You will be presented with a window with several tabs at the top of it, with the default being the Summary tab or File tab, depending on your version of iTunes. These tabs allow you add different types of tags to iTunes The following are some of the tabs you may want to work on:
Info or Details tab – This is the area where you do most of your tagging. You can add or edit song, album and artist names as well as genres and years of release, amongst others, here.
Sorting tab – You can specify what criteria you wish to use for sorting songs in your iTunes library in this section.
Options tab – This tab is used to apply diverse settings to your iTunes songs. Setting options include volume control, equalizer preset, rating and media type.
Lyrics tab – If you would like to sing along to songs, this is where you want to copy and paste the lyrics for the songs.
Artwork tab – This tab allows you add album art to songs without one.
3. When you are done fixing the iTunes tags, click on OK to apply the changes. Click on Next if you would like to edit the next song in your iTunes library.
Using a third-party editor
If for any reason you do not want to use iTunes for renaming or tagging files in iTunes, there are third-party tools that can be of help. For instance, iTunes might not save edited tags to the original song file. Some of these programs can help you add metadata information to your songs automatically.Some of them can even help you find album artwork and delete iTunes duplicates.
Here is how these third-party editors often work.
The iTunes tag editor scans your iTunes music library to find songs that are not properly tagged.
After scanning, the tool lists the songs according to categories such as without artist, album and album artwork.
It then attempts to automatically rename your songs or tag the iTunes file using information from online music databases. If you are not pleased with the tagging done, you can edit the tags manually without opening iTunes.
Following the steps suggested above should help you rename and add tags to your iTunes songs successfully. Proper tagging will help you have more enjoyable experience browsing through your vast music collection in iTunes.