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Automatically finding the year a song was released

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 15:38

Hey everyone,

I am looking to find a way to automatically update ID3 tags of MP3 files with the year each song was first released.

Are there any existing robots or APIs out there that can query such a database?

Right now I can manually go to AllMusic.com, find the song, and get the year it was originally released from there, but I do not believe AllMusic.com has a way of querying its database through web services.

Thank you for your help!

#2 Mippie



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Posted 07 November 2010 - 15:42

MP3Tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) is an editor for ID3 tags, and can use a number of different sources to find tags like the release year automatically




  • Joined: 31-July 04

Posted 07 November 2010 - 15:52

Thank you Mippie, I've tried MP3Tag and MusicBrainz, but both of them simply get the year the given album was released, not the initial release of the song.

Meaning, say you have a Greatest Hits album that was released in 2003, but the songs were originally recorded between 1960s and 1970s, the program puts 2003 as the release date.

I am more interested in the period of the song, rather than the medium it was re-released on.