:: taghycardia ::
Free MP3 auto tagging utility for the lazy: fix the tags in downloaded music with a few clicks. Automatic repair of tag problems causing albums inaccessibility on iPod/iPhone or other tag-sorting portable mediaplayers.
Auto cover art downloading and embedding. Recursive Unicode (.m3u8) playlist creation. Fast, compact, no Java or .Net needed. Works under Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
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taghycardia 0.99.3f portable (7-Zip)
What is this for
Some portable mediaplayers can only organize mp3 tracks by tags. So, if the tags are messed up (which is a common case), use of such a player is complicated by the fact that all files lacking tags are put in an "untitled" folder upon uploading. Besides, if some of the tracks of an album have even slightly different album/artist fields than the others, the device "creates" an extra album or artist for each of the variations. Examples of players having this sad feature are Apple iPod, Creative Zen, etc. So, taghycardia offers an easy way to prevent the "disintegration" of albums uploaded to such tag-only devices.
Note that the program is not so much meant for organizing mp3s, as for correcting faulty metadata in existing music folders to make them easily accessible on ipods etc., hence renaming/configuring options are minimal and not very flexible.
As the scanning is read-only, taghycardia can also be used as a purely diagnostic tool that tells what is wrong with your mp3 tags, and based on that info you can later reorganize and fix your music library using specialized tag and rename tools. Part of this task can be accomplished with the integrated group tag editor, which allows the fixing of some tag faults in a semi-manual mode with the help of Discogs database.
In addition, the program can be used as an efficient auto cover art fixer: it uses both local and online cover art images to tag mp3 files that lack embedded pictures.
1. Choose a folder, press Go. Or just drag and drop a folder onto the program's window
2. Check out/correct the proposed changes
3. Press Apply Changes
Upon pressing the Go button, the program will scan the selected folder or folder tree in read-only mode.
If a tag in an mp3-file is absent or the artist/album fields are empty, the utility can add/rewrite id3v1/v2 tags to make up for that. When it is unable to deduce the missing info automatically, you may enter artist/album/year either by hand or with the help of the integrated Discogs.com search. For the latter, push the corresponding button. Artist/Album/Year fields will be used as the search keywords. To restore original field values after changing them, use the Revert button.
The program also detects inconsistencies in mp3 tags across a folder. For instance, if some of the mp3s in the folder have "Depeche Mode" as the artist name, while the others - "depeche mode", that would be noted in the log. If discrepancies are found, a tag normalization dialog would be shown asking if the user wants to unify tags across the folder. The comboboxes contain all the detected variations of the artist/album fields. You may either choose one of them or type in your own version by hand.
Also, there is a special button in the discrepancies processing dialog meant for handling 'personal' compilations (folders containing various tracks from various albums). It is designed to allow easy access to such compilations on tag-only mediaplayers. If pressed, the button schedules special tag rewrites for every track in a folder: the Artist field would be left original, Album written as the current folder name for unified access on a player, while Trackname set according to the %Artist% - %Tracktitle% pattern. Note that if you use iPod/iPhone, Set iTunes "Part of a compilation" flag option should be on for the compilations to be accessible as single entities on your device. In addition, you can sort the tracks in your personal compilations by name/filename/artist/randomly using the namesake setting in the options dialog.
In addition, with "Auto skip official compilations" enabled (in the Settings dialog), the program is capable to detect "official" compilations - folders with tracks having uniform Album name, but differing Artist names.
The processing is defined by the program's settings. If folder renaming is enabled, taghycardia will check whether the compilations folder names adhere to the standard: "%Artist% - %Album% (%Year%)", where %Artist% is defined in the Compilations setup dialog (usually, "Various", "VA" or whatever you prefer). If a folder has been wrongly detected as a compilation, the NOT compilation button could be pressed to call up the discrepancies correction dialog for the folder. If, however, folder renaming is disabled, then the folders deemed as compilations would be simply skipped. Later, if needed, you can either correct them manually or rescan again with autoskipping disabled.
The program also detects corrupt/missing track numbers trying to substitute the faulty ones with the numbers extracted from filenames. In addition, a Genre inconsistency check is performed on every folder. If some tracks have Genres differing from the others, the prevailing Genre could be autoselected to be set for every track. This can be useful for iPod owners as the player for some reason deems tracks that come from the same album/artist, but have diverse Genres, as belonging to different albums. Genre unification can be disabled globally in the Settings dialog or on per folder basis by cancelling tag rewrites in the log.
The log explained
Ok. Either you have read thus far (praise your patience then :) or pressed F1, and now you are looking at something like a code listing. What does all this mean, you may wonder.
If you are using the program for its main purpose, that is, pre-processing folders to make them accessible on a portable player, AND you have set all the settings right, then all you need to do now is just press the Apply changes button: taghycardia will take care of the rest, and your albums will become fully accessible on your tag-sorting player.
If you are using the program just for auto cover art downloading (you chose the corresponding option in the Settings Wizard and didn't change any other settings), then you may skip to the Cover Art section.
Otherwise, read the further explanation.
The log lists every folder the program has processed, in the following format:
> Planned action
Planned action explained
The first thing you need to look for is red lines meaning critical errors, that is, errors leading to the (probably, partial) inaccessibility of an album on a tag-sorting player. Taghycardia corrects such errors automatically whenever possible. The program considers the following errors as critical:
Album/Artist empty: A track is missing the Album or Artist field in the tag, which leads either to placing such track in an "untitled" folder on a player or to the track being inaccessible as part of the album on an iPod/iPhone. When you press Apply changes, taghycardia fills in the missing tag fields.
Genre inconsistency detected: Some tracks in the folder have Genre different than the others. iPod considers such tracks as belonging to different albums: the more Genres you have in a folder, the more "identical" albums it shows. If the correspondent setting is on, then upon pressing the Apply changes button, taghycardia detects the prevailing Genre of the folder and changes all the differing genres accordingly.
Track numbers not present or corrupt: This means the tags of the tracks in a folder have no Track Number field, or the field is incorrectly formatted, or the numbers are inconsistent (say, some numbers are missing or out of order). In those cases a tag-sorting player lists the tracks of the album in a wrong order. To fix this, taghycardia looks if the correct numbers are present in the file names of the tracks. If they are, then after the Apply changes button is pressed the program writes the numbers into the tags. Otherwise, a warning is shown.
Also, look for the brown diagnostic messages:
-- Ok means the album is fully accessible on a tag-sorting portable player: all the tracks have consistent artist, album and genre fields, as well as track numbers. Mind, however, that some tags may still be incomplete, like, miss cover art, year, etc.
-- Compilation detected means all the tracks in a folder have the same Album name, but differing Artist names. If you have the correspondent settings enabled, then taghycardia would set iTunes "Part of a compilation" flag for all tracks in such folder upon pressing the Apply changes button.
-- Discrepancies found means the tracks in the folder have inconsistent Album and/or Artist fields. All the discovered variations are listed then ("Artists found", "Albums found"). In such cases, taghycardia plans a corrective action to unify Artist and/or Album fields in all tracks.
All the planned corrective actions are denoted like this in the log:
> Rewrite id3 tags -> Artist :: Album :: Year
Fixing Cover Art
Taghycardia performs cover art analysis stating a diagnosis for each mp3 folder. It looks if artwork is present in all or some tracks of a folder, and whether the pictures are consistent. Some inconsistencies may arise due to picture coding, but most often the diagnosis "Cover Art present in all/some tracks, pictures differ" means that the images are actually different. When this is the case, or when more than one picture is present in a folder, and none is called "cover", "front" or "folder.jpg", no measures would be taken to fix the missing cover art. Then, however, you'd be able to choose a picture to embed in all tracks of the folder using the internal Mass tag editor.
To make taghycardia use locally found art for the tracks that lack an embedded picture, the Auto fix missing cover art option must be on. If you want the program to also try finding cover art online automatically, enable the Use cover art from Discogs option. NOTE: If you just want to auto-download art without embedding into each mp3 file, DON'T press Apply Changes after processing: if you have enabled the Use Discogs cover art feature, taghycardia would leave a discogs_cover.jpg file in every folder the program had found art online for.
With Auto fix cover art option enabled, Taghycardia picks up locally found images to embed into an album automatically on the following two conditions:
ID3v2 tags are written "WinAMP style" - the ID3v2.3 version is used, text fields are encoded in UTF-16. If a tag already exists in a file, all standard fields thereof would be preserved, such as artist, album, year, track number, genre, cover art, comment, MCDI, rating, etc. Track numbers, genres and comments, if found, would also be preserved in ID3v1 tags. There is a single commandline argument: folder name. When supplied, taghycardia will process the folder automatically upon startup, which is handy for integrating the utility with file managers like Total Commander. And, here's the PAD file for software listing sites.
In the works:
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- to keep the project going
- to thank the author
taghycardia is freeware and provided without any warranty. Use at your own risk. In no circumstances the author shall be liable for any damage incurred as a result of using the program.
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