Rename Audio Files
After downloading tags for your MP3, FLAC, WMA, APE etc. files, you may want to rename the files, so that they follow the structure of your music collection. mp3Tag offers powerful tools for renaming. You can use information from any available field in any succession and quantity to construct filenames. Furthermore, any field can be used to create folders.
To rename audio files, select them in mp3Tag. Click "Rename files" at the right:
In the new window, create a template for filenames by using the format string:
You can preview results of your manipulations immediately in the preview area (the "After" column).
For example, we wanted our filenames to contain track number followed by artist's name and title. The corresponding variables are listed to the right from the format string. Let's type:
%# - %A - %T
Now take a look at the preview area. Exactly what we wanted!
Click "Rename files" to confirm renaming. The files will be processed in no time.
There are several options.
"Capitalization" allows you to choose between different upper/lower case patterns.
"Letters replacement" can be used to replace "_" with spaces or vice versa. It is also possible to delete spaces.
"Delete bad letters" - if checked, it will simply skip the letters that can't be used for filenames by system's conventions.
"Remove extra spaces" - if checked, removes multiple spaces between words. Only one space will be left between each two words.
mp3Tag allows using any fields to create folders as well. A folder name is constructed from the same variables and is separated from the filename by a backslash "\".
For example, if you want to create a folder named "Swing When You're Winning" in the above case (it's the name of the album) and put your files there, try the following format string:
%L\%# - %T
The folder will be created in the current folder.
You can also have the album's name preceded by the release year (which may be more convenient for sorting albums chronologically):
%Y - %L\%# - %T
More complicated structures can be created:
%A\%Y - %L\%# - %T
With our example, the above will create a folder named "Robbie Williams", inside it yet another folder "2001 - Swing When You're Winning". The files will be put into the latter.
In this way, you can sort your files. For example, if you have a number of files from different albums and by different artists in one folder, the above format will sort them by artist and by albums. You can also sort your music collection by genre:
%G\%A\%Y - %L\%# - %T
As you see, the options are virtually unlimited.