Enter the tagger

So if music tags are so important, how do we ensure they are accurate and complete? We can use a music tagger.

Music taggers are software that allow music tags to be read from and written to music files. They 'open up' the music file to display the current music tags stored within, and allow those tags to be changed.

Traditionally, such music taggers have been desktop software. They were and are dedicated software, devoted to only tagging music.

In addition, most music players also allow limited editing ability of music tags. iTunes, for example, allows music tags to be updated.

The conventional user interface for music taggers are variations on the spreadsheet user interface. Typically, music files are presented as "rows" in the interface, with columns for each music tag field ("album", "artist" etc) and therefore each cell both displays and edits the tags. Here's the popular tagger puddletag:

Example tagging UI for puddletag

bliss's music tagger

bliss's music tagger is both the same, and different.

bliss offers the ability to open up and edit all of the music tags in your music files. You can browse through all of the music files in your music collection and edit them. It even displays a familiar spreadsheet style user interface.

Where it differs is that bliss runs in the background and presents this as a Web based user interface. This means it is accessible by other computers in your network and potentially always-on, always-available, meaning you could tag your files from other devices such as your iPad, tablet, smartphone, other laptops, anything with a Web browser. It even means you could tag your music files from a different continent!

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