Auto-tagging when I add to a folder


I produce podcasts. When I export an episode, I use Mp3tag to add metadata. I have a podcast that publishes three episodes a week, so it's useful to automate adding the show title (in the "album" field) as well as the show's distributor ("artist" field). (Of course, each episode title is different, and I add that manually.)

My current workflow is dragging each new episode (in .mp3 format) into Mp3tag and applying an Action Group specific to that show (i.e. adding the "album" and "artist" fields).

But I wonder: Is there a way to automate this so that when I have exported an mp3 to, say, a certain folder on my hard drive, it is automatically tagged with the proper metadata? That way, I don't need to open Mp3tag every time I export a new episode?

Perhaps there's a way to use my Mac's Automator app -- but I know nothing about scripting.

If anyone could advise, I would be much obliged. Thanks!

For the general concept, there is an old but still valid statement by the developer:

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Perhaps you have to ask in their support forum.

@badsneakers96 Check out Hazel for macOS. It is an app that watches folders you specify and runs rules automatically that you create. “Rules” are like “Actions” in MP3Tag. Like MP3Tag, scripting is available, but there are tons of options in the GUI that cover most use cases and will require no scripting knowledge.

As long as the file types and tags of your podcast files can be read by macOS Finder, Hazel can tag and sort those files for you. Hazel is more limited with tags fields and file types than MP3Tag because it relies on native macOS file type and tag support, so it doesn’t handle the depth of tagging and the variety of audio files supported by MP3Tag. However, Hazel is a fantastic tool for automating file organization (audio files or otherwise). Also, Paul who develops the app is another solo developer and very helpful, a lot like Florian, which I like to support.

EDIT: You could achieve these results with Automator as mentioned above, but it is much less user friendly and requires more effort, technical knowledge, and testing to make it work properly—most of the time.

Another native Apple tool is “Shortcuts” which is usually a bit easier than Automator, but also a bit more limited most of the time.

Hazel, Automator, or Shortcuts should be able to do what you want, but Hazel is the easiest option if you don’t mind buying an app. The other two are free, native Apple apps.

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