How to check files for errors?

It’s required and often helps to reduce support cycles to check files for errors before filing a bug report.

Symptoms of erroneous files are often

  • missing or wrong bitrate or length
  • audible blips or skips
  • tags seem to be sticky and cannot be removed

There are some really good tools to check the files for errors, namely

MP3 Diags — identifies many different issues in MP3 files

Download: MP3 Diags - Getting MP3 Diags

MP3val — validate and fix MPEG audio files

foobar2000 — multiple supported formats

See „Utilities > Verify integrity“ and „Fix VBR MP3 header“ from the right-click context menu.

Do yourself a favor and check your files, in case something seems to be odd.

Impossible to edit certain tags in files
MP3 reports cannot open file for writing
Run MP3Gain from MP3Tag!
Tags not recognized by Windows Media Player
File cannot be opened for writing. (exported from Vegas Pro 15)
Custom tag "Traktor4"...?
mp3-Files - Zeitmarken?
Album Cover wird nicht entfernt in Windows
Changing Tags corrupts file in Windows Explorer/Media Player
MP3Tag (egal welche Version) tagged immer nur 6 MP3 Lieder
Song cover not showing
Error "updating" tags
Mpeg-4 AAC Tags Cannot Be Edited
Song titles with special characters change when importing to Itunes
Paste error, cannot open file for writing
Keine Anzeige von Tags im MP3 Player
I cant add comment tag
Mp3 file won't play
The export tags feature fails for 55k files
Sometimes Mptag doesn't show correct 'cover varies' message
Sometimes Mptag doesn't show correct 'cover varies' message
ID3v2: !BAD
"File Cannot Be Opened For Writing"
Removed or updated Album Covers are still displayed in VLC and Windows
Checking further because the ID3 Tag ends at
Different Bitrate value between mp3tag and windows explorer
Cover art seems to be missing
Cover wird nicht angezeigt
Hidden and conflicting tags in MP3 files
Albums Covers Are Not Being Saved
Länge der Mp3 wird nicht angezeigt
"File Cannot Be Opened For Writing"
Adding a cover may change the length
MP3 Tag only working on some mp3 files, not all
Mp3tag Not Able to Access Track
Why can't MP3Tag see some files cover/art?
Tagging compilations
Replace artwork with artist name?
Copying MP3 files to device
ID Tag abändern - dumme frage
Mp3Tag Does not recognize Bitrate
Cancel reading files does not stop immediately
Need help with Filename - Filename
Can't convert tags for song
Not all tags are removed
Album-Name verändern (über 100 Titel)
"Self-deleted" tag and mapping panel
Using MP3TAG with conditional logic - Windows 10
Wavepurity seems to not support PNG cover art in APEv2 tags
Wie erzeugt man Album cover mit mp3tag?
Crash when saving Extended tag edits of flac file
Pasting MP3 tag to MP4 file - Year gets 2 slashes
How can I select ID3V2.3 and UTF8
Adding Cover Problem
Chinese characters show in player but not mp3tag
Genre tag field updating but updates not displayed
Create a Playlist problem with newline characters
Albumsortierung auf Sony NW-A45
"Remove tag" as an Action
Foobar2000 and Mp3tag present different metadata contents
Mp3Tag erzeugt Last beim umbenennen und hängt
Can't listen to audio after adding tag
Frage wegen Cover Anzeige
Tags (inkl. Cover) werden in app nicht aktualisiert angezeigt
Missing Tags in some MP3 files
Keine Längenangaben bei einigen Tracks
Corrupt file headers/tags in MP3 files
MPEG 1 Layer III Information falsch
Unable to add cover art
Album Art Not Appearing
Incorrect file length
Google Play Music not recognizing embedded cover art
V2.95 - Export Cover via Right-click from Edit Panel - .* is the only file extension available
Tag Content Group not editable?
Changing and saving MP3 meta while playing
MP3 not responding
Feature request: action to rewrite tags from scratch
Is there a glitch in the Feb update?
Issue with Text file->Tag
Folder art troubles *solved*
Inserting Lyrics using MP3 Tag
About the Bug Reports category
How to Remove Lyrics data showing. Please Help
Can't save changes
Edits done to one specific file don't reflect in Properties
When I tag mp3 files, Windows Media Player stops working
Length, Bitrate, Frequency Not Displayed in high-res WAV files
Missing Covers in some files
Saved my Tags but they are not showing in Windows file details
Cannot play mp3 file if it includes tags
Mp3tag goes to "not responding" after several dozen manual edits and saves, thus locking up and crashing Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Adding album art corrupts music file in 10a
Mp3Tag Corrupts my MP3 files after editing