Free Alternative to TuneUp Media to Fix Album Art and Song Name

A while ago, I made a post on how to fix missing song info including album art and make your iTunes library look much better. The procedure given in the post still works but then, you need to purchase TuneUp Media to actually do this. One thing I’ve come to realize is that for every shareware you have to pay for, there’s likely to be a freeware that’s going to do the job. It’s only up to you to find it. With this software I’ll be talking about shortly, you can fix missing album art, song name, album title and more. It keeps your music library organized and if all you have are tracks labelled Track01, Track02 and such, this software will retrieve the song name and every missing info. The recent update fixed some bugs in the program making it almost perfect and a couple of new features were added.

How does it work?

Unlike other software programs meant to do this, MusicBrainz Picard is completely free and uses AcoustID fingerprint to identify you unnamed tracks. The huge, regularly updated database can identify most tracks and in most cases, there’s a high percentage of success.

How to Use

Download MusicBrainz Picard

– Run the software

– Go to Options > Fingerprinting, click on Get API key and on AcoustID website, log in to get an API key to use with the software.

– Input your given API key and save your changes

– Drag and drop your unnamed tracks into MusicBrainz Window

– In most cases, this should work just fine but some tracks may not be identified. If this happens, you can fill such tracks with basic metadata by editing their properties and then selecting “Lookup,” it should work just fine.

It’s a great free alternative to TuneUp Media that does what it’s supposed to do.

This post was last modified on December 19, 2016 9:22 PM

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  • While being proud of our big music collection on iTunes, sometimes, we may get irritated by having to spend so much time cleaning up the whole library. The fact is boatloads of music may lack basic information like artist, album, genre and more. Even though iTunes can download this kind of information automatically, mismatching happens from time to time. And album artwork, the important factor for better visual effect and management, is totally missing. What’s worse, we need to repeat clicking a single song and waiting for its information to show every time. And also, we cannot take all the information to go with us when playing music in other players or transferring to portable devices.

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  • Hi Boss,
    nice hint, it's working fine though I wonder how changes can be applied to iTunes, once MusicBrainz has correctly indentified the songs' title & artist.
    I coudl not simply drag and drop from iTunes, but I had to go to each itunes folder to do that. I have the three options all checked (save, raname and move files) but apparently iTunes does not track the changes. coudl u please help?

  • Thanks a lot for introducing me to this software! its great but I am having a little issue with transferring my music from musicbrainz back to my music folder??

    • MusicBrainz doesn't change the original path of your music files, it only edits the tags and renames them if necessary.

      You only need to update your music player library for the changes to take effect.

  • Hey there,

    First of all thanks a lot for this awesome & helpful tip! I'm using Picard on my mac.. I don't really understand how I'm supposed to have an AcousticID account.. how do I sign up for one??

    • Hi,

      Going to Options > Fingerprinting, and then clicking on "Get API key" should take you straight to their website where you can get your API key. This is from the Windows version of the software though but I guess the steps should be similar for Mac.

  • thanks it will be helpful for one of my blog where we used to make ringtones ...now we will be able to edit album arts and other things,thanks for sharing with us.

  • Nice Article and Good info Boss, No wonder your Library is pretty..ummm thanks for sharing your little secrete, will keep in mind when I started using iTune