Metadata is a quintessential part and parcel of digital data. Be it a webpage with content or a media file, all of them come with a metadata tag. The Metadata tag gives a brief introduction to the type of data it is describing. Metadata can be classified into descriptive metadata, structural metadata, and administrative metadata. In order to simplify the things, let us equate metadata with a label on a jar, a label that tells you what’s inside the jar.
Edit Music Metadata on Windows 11/10
Local music files on Windows PC come with album art and metadata description. The details include song name, artist name and even genre. While this information is usually accurate sometimes the metadata is wrong. This especially happens when you try to rip a music CD or buy a music album/track from third-party services like iTunes. Thankfully just like a ton of other things in the Windows ecosystem, the Music metadata can also be edited, and yes, we will tell you how.
Edit music file metadata using File Explorer
I find this to be the best way to edit music metadata without having to use any third-party services or apps.
Open the File Explorer and point it to the location of the songs.
Right-click on the song and select Properties.
Click on details, and now you should be able to see metadata fields that can be edited. The fields include album name, artist, genre, publisher, and mood.
Please note that music files with DRM protection will not allow users to edit the metadata. Just check the value against the DRM field, if it is No, then it is now a protected song, if yes then you will not be able to change the metadata fields.
Once you are done updating all the metadata information click on Apply and subsequently OK button
How to edit the metadata info of an entire album
In most cases, you may have to edit the metadata of an entire album. In such scenarios select all songs whose metadata you want to edit and follow the same steps detailed above. With this done you should be able to change the metadata of multiple music files in a single go.
Edit metadata using Groove Music
Well, Microsoft may have retired the Groove Music streaming services, but the app can still be used for editing music metadata info on Windows 10.
Open Groove app and select My Music.
Under “My Music” select “Only on this device” option.
Now select the tracks/albums whose metadata you want to edit.
Select “Edit Info” from the menu.
In the next window, you can edit all the information including the album title, artist, and genre.
What’s more you can also update the album thumbnail by clicking on the Edit button.
Additionally, users can also turn on the Show Advanced options and change other items like song soft title.
Last but not the least, the most useful feature that Groove offers os the “Find Album info.” If you are unsure of the album info or the entire set of music metadata, click on Find Album info and the Groove will automatically download the accurate song information.
A note of caution, the Find Album info is prone to failure; perhaps this has something to do with the fact that Groove music streaming service has been discontinued. Another glaring downside is that Groove cannot be used to edit the metadata of music files that are stored on OneDrive.
Editing metadata for the DRM free music files is simple and can be carried out on File Explorer. The advantage of using Groove is that you get to edit some additional information and also fetch the Album Info from the online repository.