If you’re someone who has a large music library, you know how important it is to have all of the correct information associated with each track. MusicBrainz Picard is a tool that can help you clean up and organize your music library. Here’s how to use MusicBrainz Picard with iTunes.
First things first, you’ll need to download MusicBrainz Picard from their website. Once you’ve downloaded and installed it, you’ll be presented with a screen where you can add files or folders to scan.
To demonstrate how the tool works, let’s take a track with no information to start with. In iTunes, create a new playlist and add a single track with no artist, album, genre, or correct artwork. Then, in MusicBrainz Picard, go to “Add Files,” import the track you just added to iTunes, and wait for the program to scan the track against its database. Once it’s finished, you’ll see the original values on the left-hand side and the new values on the right-hand side. If you’re happy with the new metadata, click “Save.” When you go back to iTunes and click on the track, you’ll see that all of the information has been added.
You can also use MusicBrainz Picard to clean up a large folder of music. Simply import the folder into MusicBrainz Picard and wait for the program to scan all of the tracks. You can double-check the information for each track and make any necessary changes. Once you’re happy with all of the metadata, highlight all of the tracks and click “Save.” When you go back to iTunes, all of the information will be added to each track.
One quick tip for iTunes users: go to “Preferences” and turn off the “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” setting. Then turn it back on again to rescan your library and update all of the metadata.
In conclusion, MusicBrainz Picard is a great tool to help you clean up and organize your music library. It’s easy to use and can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.