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Puddletag is a Linux audio tag editor similar to Mp3tag (a popular Windows audio tagging tool) that supports ID3v1, ID3v2 (mp3), MP4 (mp4, m4a, etc.), VorbisComments (ogg, flac), Musepack (mpc), Monkey's Audio (.ape) and WavPack (wv).

WebUpd8 reader StoneCut writes:

So far I wasn't fully happy with any of the mp3 taggers for Linux, they all have their own advantages but I prefer a single solution that can derive names from filenames and vice versa, remove and add tags (also custom ones). In the end I kept coming back to either running MP3tag-IT in a VM or mp3tag via Wine. Mp3tag is simply so awesome but I've found finally an alternative: Puddletag

I've read about Puddletag a few times but I've never actually tried it until today and indeed, just like StoneCut says, it's the only real Mp3tag alternative for Linux, integrating most of the EasyTag and MusicBrainz Picard features along with other functions in a fully customizable interface.

The interface is not that easy to use (but that's the case with all audio tag editors) at first but once you understand how things work you'll love this application!

Puddletag features:
  • spreadsheet-like layout so all the tags are visible and editable
  • all the usual tag editor features like extracting tag information from filenames (but Puddletag can also retrieve info from a file or clipboard), renaming files based on their tags using patterns and so on
  • replace text, trip, change the case, etc.
  • lookup tags using MusicBrainz, FreeDB, Amazon (includes cover art fetching) and more
  • fully customizable layout: drag and drop a window anywhere on the Puddletag interface
  • extended tags view/editing including visual confirmation of what's going to be added/ edited and/ or deleted.
  • many more

Update: Puddletag now has an Ubuntu PPA for easy installation and updates!

Download Puddletag (includes Ubuntu .deb)

Thanks to StoneCut for the tip!