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Is There a Free App to Organize Music Libraries?

MusicBrainz

Episode 1792

Vidak from Montenegro

Vidak recently got a new job as music and production director for a local radio station. However, the digital music library the station uses is unorganized. It's like a jungle. So he needs to be able to organize it with metadata. Leo says that Music Brainz is a great app for that. It's an open-source version of CDDB and FreeDB. It'll open the mp3 and seek to identify the song and album. It'll then add the metadata, and that'll give about 90% of what he will need to reorganize the library. Music Monkey is another.

How can I save photos with the date it was taken?

EXIF Metadata

Episode 1742

Rich from West Palm Beach, FL

Rich has been scanning an archive of photos from the family history. He's used scanning services, a DIY with Epson Fast Foto, Flatbed scanners. The works. But in the last six months, he's organized the photos and then imported them into Photos. But he can't search by date. The dates have been linked according to the date it's been scanned. Leo says that Photos is using the File modification date. You can't really rely on that.

How an I add metadata to a scanned photo?

IrfanView

Episode 1686

Cody from California

Cody recently bought an Epson FastFoto to capture his old family photos. But how can he add metadata to it? Leo says that the EFF does scan the back of the photo as well, and can add that to metadata. But other than that, Cody will need to add that in software manually. One way around this is to upload all those photos to Google Photos and it will use both facial recognition and background data to determine who and where is in the picture. Irfanview is another good option for WIndows.

How can I organize my photos?

IrfanView UI

Episode 1593

Leo from Van Nuys, CA

Leo has a bunch of pictures that he has on a large USB stick, but they're all out of order chronologically. How can he organize them?  Leo says that when you take a picture with any phone, it puts the time and date in the metadata attached to the file. But some programs won't look at that, instead of looking at the file creation date. A photo program like Windows 10 Microsoft Photos will do it. You can download it from the Microsoft store for free. Irfanview is another one. Windows 10 file explorer can also sort by date taken. 

How can I tag pictures and search them?

Google Photos

Episode 1541

Kathleen from Huntington Beach, CA

Kathleen has an iPhone and the sound is muffled. Leo says that it's easy to muffle the sound because of where the mic is. As Steve Jobs once said "people hold the iPhone wrong" all the time. Kathleen also wants to know how to tag her mobile pictures to sort and find them in Photos. Leo says that she can use tags in both Google Photos (Windows/Mac) and Apple Photos (Mac). Google Photos will also use face recognition. And if she presses the three dot icon, she can add descriptions in the metadata, which is searchable.

How can I edit the metadata in my still images?

Photo Me

Episode 1536

James from Tallahassee, FL

James is looking for an app that will help him to edit the metadata that is in his still images. He wants one that will allow him to put in a description and then search for keywords. Leo says that all photos have extended information tags, or "EXIF" data. There's also a standard called IPTC that does titles and descriptions. So it can be done. Most photo library programs, like Adobe Lightroom will do it. There's a free one called Photo Me.

How can I rip CDs?

Episode 1244

Jim from Morrison, CO

Jim wants to know if there's an alternative to Windows Media Center for Windows 10? Leo says that Microsoft dropped Windows Media Center because they say nobody was really using it. So with Windows 10, they completely killed it.They'll even remove it if he were to upgrade to Windows 10.