Honk if the following scenario sounds at all familiar: you've grabbed songs from a CD and saved them to your smartphone but completely forgot to enter the information for the tracks, meaning music and musicians get labelled as 'unknown artist', 'unknown album' and 'unknown song'. Musicophiles – and yes, slightly anal Android users – will empathise and know that this is quite simply not acceptable. Albums need covers, tracks need titles, artists need to be referenced—it's the only way to go. Today we would like to present iTag - Music Tag Editor, an app that promises to help organise your smartphone music collection. Let's take a look at what it has to offer.
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|Reviewed version||Latest version|
|1.44||Varies with device|
Features & Use
Test device: LG Optimus Black
Android version: 2.2.2
iTag - Music Tag Editor is a small but useful app that lets you edit music tags as well as add missing album covers. Covers can be searched for using the tags.
iTag is only 765 Kb in size and requires the following permissions:
- view network state: Allows an application to view the state of all networks.
- full Internet access: Allows an application to create network sockets.
- modify/delete SD card contents: Allows an application to write to the SD card.
- read phone state and identity: Allows the application to access the phone features of the device. An application with this permission can determine the phone number and serial number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that call is connected to and the like.
iTag - Music Tag Editor supports the following formats: MP3, OGG, M4A and FLAC.
The main screens harbours several options, so take your pick:
- Songs: a list displaying all tracks saved to your device is displayed. Pick this option if you need to edit songs (i.e. add tags or organise tracks into albums).
- Album: select this option if you want to add tags to songs that are already part of an album. If you've saved a lot of untagged songs on your smartphone you should find them in an album labelled 'sdcard'.
Once you've picked one of the above you can get going: just tap on a song and a window pops up where you can enter all of the missing information. As is the case with most audio players, there are a few classic categories to choose from:
- Album Artist
Searching for covers is a breeze and even lesser known artists are represented. Once you've found a cover you can save it as the standard cover for the album, and and the album cover will also be displayed alongside all songs belonging to the album. Hit 'Lucky Cover' in order to add a cover automatically, though I prefer to go the safe route and use 'Search Pic' to look for my album covers.
iTag - Music Tag Editor is a useful little tool for those of us who like their music collection to be nice and tidy as well as adorned with the correct album covers. It's easy to use and it will help you save a lot of time if you're on a quest to add the right tags and covers to your music.
Screen & Controls
Controls for iTag - Music Tag Editor are easy enough to get the hang of and the design is quite good. What I like is that you can get going right off the bat, without having to study a how-to.
Speed & Stability
iTag - Music Tag Editor crashed on me once or twice. It also lags and freezes a lot when editing files that are not in MP3 format, particularly .ogg files, which are supposedly supported.
iTag - Music Tag Editor helped me save quite a bit of time and effort—it's a great app for filling in the gaps in one's music collection. The app is free, though there is a paid version which I haven't tested out, but according to the developer it is exactly the same as the free one, minus the ad banners. The paid version costs 2 Euro, and I don't find the ad banners to be very obtrusive, so I will stick to the free version for now.