mp3 Naming & ID3 Management Under OS X

Before my transition to my Mac, I used ID3 Renamer on Windows. It’s a great application and does everything that I need it to do – which is full renaming of mp3 files along with full id3 tag handling. One-stop shopping at its best. And it’s free.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an OS X version and running it under a VM of some description would be a real PITA for me. I’ve also been unable to find a (free) app that does what ID3 Renamer does.

The good news is that I’ve found two apps that handle the two tasks well.

ID3 Management

Musorg is a really small and streamlined app that lets you manage ID3 tags. It’s that simple.

mp3 Renaming

TriTag handles the mp3 renaming based off of ID3 tags. It would be perfect if it had a mature tag editor, but you can give it a mask and rename the mp3 files based upon the data in the tags.

Not iTunes

Some people use iTunes for tag management, but I’m not a fan. It’s fine for small tweaks here and there, but not for large scale editing and management — plus it won’t do the file name management. While a lot of people don’t care about file names as long as iTunes displays the ID3 information in its library, it’s something that’s important to me.

While at the end of the day I’d love to have one app to handle both of these tasks in the way that ID3 Renamer works, I’m happy with the TriTag + Musorg pair to handle the work.

Sep 25th, 2009 | Posted in IT, Nerd
  1. May 14th, 2010 at 20:13 | #1

    Before my transition to my Mac, I used ID3 Renamer on Windows. It’s a great application and does everything that I need it to do – which is full renaming of mp3 files along with full id3 tag handling. One-stop shopping at its best. And it’s free.

    Found this post while Googling. Just wanted to drop a comment to say “Thanks” for writing it!

    The description of your scenario above describes me perfectly right now – heavy user of ID3 Renamer on Windows who just transitioned to Mac.

    Will check out Musorg and TriTag. Might have taken me awhile to find an answer to this without your post, so thanks again for sharing the recommendations!

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