Tagging with MusicBrainz Picard

As your tango collection grows, the need to get more accurate and consistant meta information increases. To tag your music from an online database greatly reduces your effort.

I prefer using MusicBrainz Picard, as it provides data for my non-tango music as well. The tango.info database provides a wealth of information and a guide for masstagging.

To combine MusicBrainz Picard with genre and recording dates from tango.info, you can use these plugins for MusicBrainz Picard:

tango-info-plugins (zip file with both plugins)

put in the plugins directory of PicardQt together with http://open.tango.info/tracks.csv and enable the tango.info (date) and/or tango.info (genre) plugin under Options.

Note that due to a bug in Picard, both the release date from MusicBrainz and the date from tango.info will be set if both exist. The tango-info-date plugin  also sets the tag recordingdate as a workaround.

Some TaggerScript may be useful to customize the formatting of artist etc, and other plugins that I have found useful are Disc Numbers and Cover Art Downloader from http://musicbrainz.org/doc/PicardQt/Plugins.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 February 17


    Are the Python scripts still available on your website? The links seem to be broken. Thanks!

  2. 2010 February 17

    Sorry about that. I’ll fix it later, meanwhile I sent you the files by email.[Edit: Just uploaded a zip file with both plugins]

  3. 2015 November 22
    Yvonne permalink

    Hi, I am wondering if you have any updates on your tagging process? The tracks.csv from tango.info is not longer available, and the plug-ins are not compatible with MP 1.3.2.

  4. 2015 November 24

    I do, but I haven’t had time to post about it. I have basically abandoned MusicBrainz Picard and am using foobar2000 for tagging, in an elaboration of the method outlined in this post: http://simbatango.com/tangodj/useful-foobar2000-formatting-strings/ .
    I recently (well, relatively, that is) completed an update of tagging my collection using the mass tagger script functionality of foobar2000, but before I managed to post about that, I started on in a somewhat different direction. Will post about it at some point, but no promises as to when.

  5. 2016 March 8

    Hey Simba and Yvonne,

    I’ve written another plugin so that it works without the csv data, instead it scrapes the website directly.
    It is available here: https://github.com/ix5/picard-tangoinfo

    Please try on some sample tracks before you mess up your library. I’ve only been using it myself for a short time now, and even though it seems fine for now, please tell me about any bugs you might encounter.


  6. 2016 March 8

    Very interesting, Felix. Although I have moved on to using foobar 2000 for tagging myself. Thanks for sharing.

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