App Review: Metadatics, a Powerful Music Tagging Tool

If you work hard to ensure that the music files in your iTunes library are tagged exactly right, you may be frustrated with iTunes’ tools for doing this. The iTunes 12 Info window–the one that displays when you select tracks and press Command-I–is less efficient than that of previous versions, and while there used to be a way to display the old-style window, you can no longer do so.

Metadatics is a powerful tool that’s a bit more efficient to use and offers more features for changing tags than iTunes. You can use it for basic tagging, as you would with iTunes, when you rip tracks from CDs or add downloads to your library. But it goes much further.

Read the rest of the review on Macworld.

8 thoughts on “App Review: Metadatics, a Powerful Music Tagging Tool

  1. In the past you could edit tags outside of iTunes (as long as the file name didn’t change), and get iTunes to read the updated tags. Is that still possible?

    1. Select all tracks in your library.
    2. Open the Get Info window.
    3. Hit OK.

    • I tried it a few times and it seems like it doesn’t always work. I wouldn’t worry about changing some minor tags, but if you change the artist, album or genre, I’d worry that iTunes might lose track of the files.

  2. In the past you could edit tags outside of iTunes (as long as the file name didn’t change), and get iTunes to read the updated tags. Is that still possible?

    1. Select all tracks in your library.
    2. Open the Get Info window.
    3. Hit OK.

    • I tried it a few times and it seems like it doesn’t always work. I wouldn’t worry about changing some minor tags, but if you change the artist, album or genre, I’d worry that iTunes might lose track of the files.

  3. Hello Kirk: Glad to see you do a review of this most worthy app. I’ve used it for years, after going through about ever metadata application for the Mac. None came close.

    I can’t say I have the same issue as you’ve found about iTunes losing track of tracks. But then most of my music isn’t purchased through iTunes, and therefore I do edit it prior to opening it in iTunes.

    Metadatics developer is very responsive to inquiries – often I have seen adjustments, soon after making suggestions.

    Metadatics has many fine-grained sub-tools, such as Resize Artwork (by batch or single track), and the ability to edit the actual Finder name of a track (with user permission, of course).

    For $10 it’s a practically a steal …

  4. Hello Kirk: Glad to see you do a review of this most worthy app. I’ve used it for years, after going through about ever metadata application for the Mac. None came close.

    I can’t say I have the same issue as you’ve found about iTunes losing track of tracks. But then most of my music isn’t purchased through iTunes, and therefore I do edit it prior to opening it in iTunes.

    Metadatics developer is very responsive to inquiries – often I have seen adjustments, soon after making suggestions.

    Metadatics has many fine-grained sub-tools, such as Resize Artwork (by batch or single track), and the ability to edit the actual Finder name of a track (with user permission, of course).

    For $10 it’s a practically a steal …

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