Music files contain data about the track which helps the music server index the information. Frankly 'here, there be devils...' Tags and getting them consistent across a whole library is probably the single most annoying aspect of assembling music files.

The commonly used Tags are listed below with the highlighted descriptors we would recommend as the most necessary when using Squeezebox SeverTM. If you have '.m3u' or '.cue' files associated with the music data folder then, in the absence of embedded Tag data, the attributes within the '.m3u' or '.cue' files will be used by Squeezebox Server™ to provide information about track titles, track numbers, etc.. However, we recommend completing the Tags details to ensure a consistent look across all you music file entries.

Commonly Used Tags



Title of the track.


Name of the artist of the track.


Name of the album specified track belongs to.


Name of the artist of the album specified track belongs to.


Index of specified track within the album.


Total number of tracks within the album.


Index of disc specified track belongs to, within the album.


Total number of discs within the album.


Release date of the track.


Genre of the album


Comments for specified track.


Returns the name of the music composer.


Returns the beats per minute of the track.


Returns the name of the company that published the content


Returns a description of the content group. (Grouping field)


Returns the name of the person or software that encoded the track.


Returns a copyright message for the track.


Returns the name of the artist who originally produced the content.


Returns the address of a Web site.


Returns the name of the conductor.


Returns the international standard recording code (ISRC).


Returns the name of a person or group that modified the track.


Returns the subtitle of the track.


Returns the name of the writer who wrote the words of the track.


Returns the 'cover' if file has embedded art.


If the tags are mismatched across a group of files, the index becomes messy as Squeezebox Server™ creates new indexes for items which do not perfectly match existing data. The key to success is to decide what level of information you want in your index and enforce those rules from the start – sorting out pre encoded tags is a time consuming and unrewarding exercise. We offer the following advice that, from experience, have found delivers an acceptable and consistent index.


Preferred Rule (When Using Squeezebox Server™)

Example (When Using Squeezebox Server™)


Upper case first letter, use '&' in place of 'and'. Decide whether you want the supporting group associated.

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight and The Pips


Gladys Knight & The Pips

Album Artist

Upper case first letter, use '&' in place of 'and'. Use the prime member of the group. This helps index albums that have a variety of contributing artists.

Gladys Knight


Upper case first letter; don't use abbreviations.

Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me


Upper case first letter.

The Best Of Gladys Knight And The Pips


Insert track number and the total number of tracks.

 2 of 12


Leave blank unless you are indexing multiple discs.



Obtain the highest definition picture you can from the encoding tool database or Google Images.

It is not necessary to embed the picture with every track using the Tag tool. Filing the image labelled 'cover.jpeg', 'folder.jpeg' 'album.jpeg' or 'thumb.jpeg' with the album music data folder will enable the music server to associate that image with each track during playback.

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