Keeping a collection of thousands of music files organized is not at all an easy task, especially when it comes to filenames and ID3 tags for every single file.
ID3 renamer promises to make the whole task a bit easier because it provides advanced tools to rename MP3 files and edit tags on the fly.
Although it’s designed to be used by beginners and experienced users alike, some people may find its interface a bit overwhelming at first glance, mostly because features are not so well organized in the main window.
There are three tabs, Writing, Renaming and Special, and multiple features, such as remove diacritics, FreeDB searching, tag from filename, tag synchronizing, track padding and keep only checked fields in tag.
Of course, you can edit every single field manually, but the biggest problem is actually the way you pick the files to be edited.
ID3 renamer prompts you to input the path to the folder where all the songs reside, which means all files in the respective folder are going to be included in the process. You can skip modifying some of them, but only when you begin the editing process.
The renaming tag is what impressed us the most during our test because it can work based on multiple formulas and, obviously, on your preferences. There are also a few options available, such as to remove diacritics, make title case or replace some characters, but the most important thing remains the renaming formula.
ID3 renamer works fast without hampering computer performance at all, but keep in mind that you will be prompted to apply (or not) the modifications for every single audio file in the user defined folder.
So all in all, ID3 renamer is a good tool that does a decent job when it comes to managing music files that carry detailed information in the accompanying tags.
ID3 renamer is a software created to be a very powerful tag editor. Useful if you need to rename a large number of files in a directory accordingly to their ID3 description and a given “formula” (e.g. (%Track) %Artist – %Title).
Such a function is pretty “smart”, as it lets you assembly the filename as you wish and use the variables from the ID3 tag in the filename. It is required you mark them with a “%” at the beginning, followed by an ID3 section label (literally – i.e. the first letter is capital, exactly as it is referred to in the roll-down menu).
Do you have loads of MP3 files in a directory and need to write a single common piece of information into them (e.g. the interpret or the album name)? You can type it in there manually, but this won’t make you very cheerful if the amount of files is large. Using ID3 renamer, everything is a matter of a few mouse clicks.
Do you need to clean some portion of the ID3 tag? Use ID3 renamer and don’t erase like every single line. Do you need to remove the diacritics? Choose the advanced options and it’s already done.
ID3 renamer can also create a new tag if there is none in the file yet; it lets you easily write into new files too. You can also fill the tag with information from the filename (alike the renaming process). Just type in the pattern, definition of information layout in the filename and ID3 tag version – and ID3 renamer will store everything. The pattern is given in the form of a regular expression.
You can also fill tag according to search in FreeDB database of CDs. There is a complete description of CD and then it’s easy to fill the tag with this informations. ID3 renamer fully supports ID3v1, ID3v1.1, ID3v1.1+Winamp extension, ID3v2.x.
- Able to rename tens of thousands of files by reading your ID3 tags to whichever naming convention you choose with only a few mouse clicks.
- Able to write to and from ID3 tags using an intuitive, tabbed interface.
- Automatic update feature (spyware free).
- Many intelligent features, such as adding padding digits to filenames.
- Very small filesize and low CPU demands mean the program will not take up valuable space and speed on your computer.
- Minor code optimizations.