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This pages answers FrequentlyAskedQuestions about Picard.

How do I use Picard?


File Formats

What formats does Picard support?

MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP4, Musepack, WavPack, Speex, The True Audio and Windows Media Audio. WAVs cannot be tagged due to the lack of a standard for doing so; but can be fingerprinted and renamed.

What formats will Picard support?

Picard is intended to eventually support all formats (including fingerprinting), but this is a complex process, and will take some time.

Which tags can Picard write to my files?

See PicardTags for information on which MusicBrainz fields get written to tags by Picard.


I tagged a file in Picard, but iTunes is not seeing the tags!

Firstly, you need to force iTunes to re-read the information from your tags and update its library. This is discussed in the iTunesGuide.

Additionally, iTunes has a known bug in its ID3v2.4 implementation, which makes it unable to read such tags if they contain also embedded cover art. As a work-around, you can configure Picard to write ID3v2.3 tags.

How do I tell Picard which browser to use?

On Windows, GNOME and KDE, Picard uses the standard browser for these systems. On other systems, you can use the BROWSER environment variable. For example:

export BROWSER="firefox '%s' &"

Why won't Picard open .mp3 files in Ubuntu?

After installing Picard, .mp3 files are greyed out, while .ogg files are able to be processed. To resolve this, "libtunepimp" is needed for mp3 support. From the command line:

sudo apt-get install libtunepimp5-mp3