This is a list of applications that have MusicBrainz support built in:
Media players and centers
- A free and open source web-based music player that unify between music stored in cloud (Youtube, DropBox, etc) and uses MusicBrainz data for music metadata.
- Kodi is a cross-platform software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. It uses MusicBrainz to improve its music experience.
- Media streaming software that allows you to access you music from anywhere else. Supports MusicBrainz for getting an showing additional data about the music in the library (since version 2.4).
- A music app that uses Youtube API for song play and MusicBrainz data for information/metadata.
- VLC media player
- A free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Uses MusicBrainz data for looking up information/metadata as well as cover art from Cover Art Archive.
The following music library managers can tag your files with MusicBrainz data:
- Amarok is a music player for KDE. It supports many multimedia frameworks (like GStreamer, XINE, and aRts) to play music media and streams, and features a fresh and efficient approach to playlist handling. The emphasis is on the quick and easy user interface, allowing for fast access to the media library. Amarok versions 1.1 through 1.4.x supported lookups via MusicBrainz , and versions starting from 2.4 support it again .
- AudioExpert is a Music Organizer Software to tidy, manage, clean up, align, sort, join/merge, and organize music archives resp. music libraries. Supported formats are MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, OGG, FLAC, MPC, WAV and AAC.
- Banshee is an audio management and playback application for the GNOME Desktop, allowing users to import audio from CDs, search their library, create playlists of selections of their library, sync music to/from iPods, and burn selections to a CD.
- beets is a flexible command-line music library manager written in Python. It includes a tag corrector and album art downloader that use MusicBrainz as their backend.
- Clementine is a multiplatform music player. It is inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music.
- foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of its features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. Support for MusicBrainz has been added with foo_musicbrainz and it can use MusicBrainz data to tag media files and audio CDs.
- MediaMonkey is a media management library with features like identifying tracks and tagging music. It has a Musicbrainz Tagger addon which serves the purpose of identifying tracks using data sourced from the MusicBrainz database.
- Mixxx is free DJ software for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It currently supports getting information from MusicBrainz.
- MusicBee is a MusicBee is a free digital media player and media library application for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windows operating systems using the BASS Audio Library .
- Quod Libet
- Quod Libet is an open-source, free and cross-platform(Linux, Windows, MacOS) audio player as well as a tag editor. Among its over 60 plugins, there is one which permits automatic tagging using MusicBrainz. Supported formats include: MP3, Ogg Vorbis / Speex / Opus, FLAC, Musepack, MOD/XM/IT, Wavpack, MPEG-4 AAC, WMA, MIDI, Monkey’s Audio.
- Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.
The following taggers will tag your music files with MusicBrainz data:
- MusicBrainz Picard
- MusicBrainz Picard is a cross platform (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows) album oriented MusicBrainz tagger with support for acoustic fingerprinting of MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4 and WMA formats.
- Magic MP3 Tagger
- Magic MP3 Tagger was designed to enable easy and effective renaming of audio files. This is done by
- checking the available tag,
- automatically interpreting the file and folder names,
- selecting the most reliable data from the tags, file and folder names,
- validating and completing the tags by cross-checking the songs with an internal music database.
- Magic Mp3 Tagger uses MusicBrainz to find its data, has many different options, recursive processing of folders, and a clear and easy to use interface. Further information is available at http://www.magic-tagger.com/. Magic MP3 Tagger is a part of the Tagger Affiliate Program and pays 10% of every purchase to MusicBrainz.
- Yate Music Tagger
- Yate Music Tagger is a Mac OS X based tagger for mp3, m4a, FLAC and AIFF files. Supports MusicBrainz, Discogs and integration with iTunes. Actions providing scripting can be run interactively or in a batch mode. Yate Music Tagger is a part of the Tagger Affiliate Program and pays 10% of every purchase to MusicBrainz.
- Flactag is a Linux console based tagger for single album FLAC files with embedded CUE sheets. The tags are downloaded from the MusicBrainz service and can be written to the FLAC file as Vorbis comments. Once tagged, the file can be renamed based on a 'template' naming scheme.
- ID3 renamer
- ID3 renamer is a free, intuitive program for the renaming of files and ID3 tags. It can rename a large number of files in a directory accordingly to their ID3 description and a given "formula" (e.g. (%Track) %Artist - %Title), remove the diacritics and clean portions of the ID3 tag. The program searches through freedb for identical albums and MusicBrainz by album name, artist and number of tracks.
- Kid3 is a cross-platform free audio tagger. It imports album data from many sources, most notably from gnudb.org, TrackType.org, MusicBrainz, Discogs and Amazon.
- kitsune is a free player/tagger for Japanese and Russian music. It supports MusicBrainz lookup for artists and recordings, and will only scrobble to last.fm if a correct name was found in MusicBrainz. It will use chromaprint to identify music from a Japanese web radio station or anime related music.
- Jaikoz is a powerful tagger available for macOS, Windows and Linux making use of MusicBrainz, Discogs and AcoustId.
- Metatogger is a tag editor allowing you to rename, tag and easily sort your MP3, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA and M4A files. Metatogger permits automatic tagging using data from the Musicbrainz platform or using Acoustid acoustic fingerprint technology. Covers can be found via the Cover Art Archive.
- Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata (ID3, Vorbis Comments and APE) of common audio formats. It can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words from tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. The program supports online freedb database lookups for selected files, allowing you to automatically gather proper tag information for select files or CDs.
- SongKong prides itself as an intelligent music tagger application. SongKong is simple and powerful at the same time and it can help you manage, organize and clean up your digital music collection. SongKong uses intelligent acoustic matching from Acoustid to find song matches in a case of no information. SongKong uses their JThink Music Server, which is regularly updated from the MusicBrainz and Discogs databases to serve you song matches depending on the information available. It is available for MacOS, Windows, Linux and Docker supporting devices such as Synology Intel Disk Stations.
- Tag Editor is a tag editor allows you to easily batch tagging MP3, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, MP4, M4A files and renaming audio files through a handy spreadsheet. The program supports the users to easily download music metadata and artworks from AcoustID, MusicBrainz and Cover Art Archive. It is available for MacOS only.
- TagScanner helps one edit tags of most modern audio formats, supports ID3v1/v2, Vorbis comments, APEv2, WMA and MP4(iTunes) tags. The user has the liberty to get album info and download covers through online databases such as freedb, Discogs or MusicBrainz. The software is available on Windows in over a dozen languages.
- TigoTago is a spreadsheet-based tag editor for media files, using MusicBrainz to lookup CD album information. There is a tutorial available showing how to use it with MusicBrainz as the data source.
The following programs will rip your CDs and use MusicBrainz to tag the new files:
- "A better CD encoder", a command line ripper for *nix, can be configured to use MusicBrainz.
- CUERipper is an open-source CD Ripper for Windows. It supports MusicBrainz.
- dBpoweramp CD Ripper
- dBpoweramp CD Ripper is a secure CD ripper for Windows and OS X. It supports MusicBrainz.
- Exact Audio Copy
- Exact Audio Copy (EAC) is a secure CD ripper for Windows. It comes bundled with CueTools DB Metadata Plugin which can fetch album metadata from MusicBrainz.
- Express Rip
- Express Rip is a CD ripping program for Windows that lets you extract digital audio tracks directly from audio CDs to mp3 or wav audio files. It uses MusicBrainz as its source for getting metadata about releases.Here is how it works.
- EZ CD Audio Converter
- EZ CD Audio Converter is a multi-language CD ripper, audio converter, metadata editor and disc burner. It supports MusicBrainz.
- morituri is a powerful command line ripper for *nix that aims at creating precise audio rips. It uses MusicBrainz as its source for getting metadata about releases.Note: The author has gone more or less AWOL, so others have continued the project in the fork whipper (see below).
- RipIt is a command line ripper that can rip to a number of formats. It can be set to use MusicBrainz for looking up release information.Note: The author has officially retired (from) the project.
- Sound Juicer
- Sound Juicer is a clean, mean, and lean CD ripper for GNOME 2. It sports a clean interface and simple preferences, aiming to do The Right Thing and What You Mean all of the time. It requires GNOME 2.14 and GStreamer 0.10. Sound Juicer is shipped with Ubuntu.
- X Lossless Decoder
- X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is a tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding. It works on Mac OS X 10.4 and later.
- whipper is a fork of morituri (see above), a powerful command line ripper for *nix aiming at creating precise audio rips. It uses MusicBrainz as its sole source for release metadata.
- Album Art Grabber
- Album Art Grabber is an app that downloads missing album art from last.fm and MusicBrainz for your albums. It has a built-in media scanner, custom searches by artist or album and does auto-lookups of album art when a new album is added.
- Catchy allows you to recommend movies, series, books and music with your friends. You will also know if your interests are similar and you will be able to track what you've seen and what not. Catchy integrates MusicBrainz and CoverArtArchive in its application to perform its services.
- Metadatics is a powerful audio metadata editor for macOS which supports several file types, including but not limited to, MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, WMA. It uses MusicBrainz to search for tags.
- nusic is an app to notify you about new releases of the artists of tagged songs on your phone. It makes periodic requests to MusicBrainz to check if new releases have been added.