Solution ID: 4644

Changing Metadata Tags / Song Information for MP3 or WMA Files
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  • Metadata is a method of storing information about music files as well as other documents. The metadata tag is also known as ID3 tag for MP3 files. It can contain information such as Artist, Album Title, Track Number, Genre, Lyrics and more. It is different from the file name of the music file or the song title. Please also note that your player will read the media files using its information tag so ensure that all tags are edited correctly.

There are several ways to edit metadata tags, with or without a music application. If you have a few files to edit, and you wish to edit an audio file's ID3 tag without the use of a music application, for example, Creative MediaSource or if your player shows different number of files than that of your Creative Centrale, follow the procedures below:

  1. Open Windows Explorer

  2. Locate and highlight the files you want to edit. To select multiple tracks, press on the Ctrl key (in your keyboard) and then click the tracks that to you want to edit.

  3. Right click on the file, choose Properties, and then Summary.

  4. Click on the Value field of a property that you want to modify, for example, Title.

  5. Windows Audio Track Properties

    Please note that if a file is Copyright Protected, it will not be possible to edit its ID3 Tag.

  6. Click on OK when finished.

You can also edit the ID3 tags of a music file in Creative MediaSource:

  1. Open Creative MediaSource

  2. On the left panel of the screen, you will be able to see 'Sources'.

  3. Double click on PC Music Library to select it.

  4. Locate and highlight the file that you want to edit. If you have not added any files to your PC Music Library, click on the Import button to add tracks to it.

  5. Locate the tracks whose ID3 tags you wish to edit, right click on the file, choose Properties, and then Tag Information.

  6. To select multiple tracks, press on the Ctrl key (in your keyboard) and then click the tracks that to you want to edit.

  7. Click on the box next to the tag which you want to change, and then click on OK when finished.
Last updated: May 20th, 2009

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