Easy way to clean up MP3 tags

By | October 17, 2010

We all love our music and have hundreds of gigs of  music files stored in the our devices. This music has been collected over years from different sources and sorting, cataloging and maintaining such a huge music collection isn’t an easy job. In such cases, the meta tags associated with the music files, or ID3 tags in case of MP3 files are a great help. ID3 tags provide an easy way to mark the information about the song and its association with a compilation/album/artist etc within the file attributes. All the tools that we have for sorting out the music make use of these ID3 tags only.

Now, the problem is, a lot of music that we get from the web is from the sites that offer free MP3 downloads. And sadly, most such websites spam the ID3 tags with either their site urls or some crappy junk text. With all that spam in the tags, not only it gets difficult to manage the music files but everytime the MP3 player displays song info, its loaded with unnecessary junk, which gets pretty annoying.

I had been looking for a tool to help me clean out this junk text from the mp3 files for a long time now. I found a lot of tools to edit ID3 tags, but couldn’t find anything that would allow me to bulk edit tags and remove some string from the text.

Hence, I coded my own application to perform the task. This tool would help the user to bulk edit files in multiple folders and clean up any unwanted text string from the ID3 tags and retain the relevant song information. I have tried it on a lot of mp3 files with a variety of strings that I wanted to remove and has worked out pretty well.

I also shared it with a few of my friends were also struggling with the same issue and they too loved it. Hence, I decided to share it with the world and help out anyone else who has faced a problem with the tags.

The tool is a quick n dirty development effort and might have got some bugs in there, but I hope it would carry out the desired task quite satisfactorily. If  you want to try it out, you can download it from the link at the bottom.

In case you have any questions/concerns/suggestions/feedback etc.., please put a comment here, or mail me at the mail address specified in the readme.txt .

Download it here :  CleanMP3TagsGUI1.0beta.zip

Enable IE9 Jump Lists for your website

By | September 17, 2010

So, IE9 beta has been released for public preview. Along with the general improvements of speed, compatibility, GPU support and HTML5 support, IE9 has brought up a new feature where in you can pin websites to the taskbar.

You must be thinking, whats the big deal about it, every other browser can let that happen now a days.  What if I tell you that you can also have Jump-Lists feature of Windows 7 taskbar enabled for the websites that are pinned? Sounds Cool! huh?

Well, it wouldn’t happen with every other site. To make a website jumplist enabled, the website needs to be tweaked up a little bit. I’d show you the simple but very effective hack that can be applied to your sites.

IE9-JumpList-danishkhan.com

In order to enable the jump-lists, we need to let the browser know what pages/links to have in the list. In order to achieve that, we need to add a few meta tags to the header tags on the pages. To illustrate these special meta tags, I’ve added the code snippet that i have used with this blog.


<meta name="application-name" content="Danish Khan's Blog"/>
<meta name="msapplication-tooltip" content="Launch InsideOut"/>
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=About;action-uri=/about/;icon-uri=/images/about.ico" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Resume;action-uri=/my-resume/;icon-uri=/images/list_links.ico" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Home Posts;action-uri=/;icon-uri=/images/home.ico" />
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/images/favicon.ico" />

You can add the same code to the header tags in your webpages and alter the various field values to get the desired effect. make sure that you have the icons in the correct relative path as specified here. :)