Edit music metadata & album art

You can update the album art and metadata (information like song name, artist name, or genre) for files you added to Google Play or for music in your My Library section.

Edit album art or information

You can edit your music's metadata and album art using the Google Play Music web player.

Edit a single song
  1. Go to the Google Play Music web player.
  2. Hover over the song or album you want to edit.
  3. Select the Menu icon Music 3-dots menu > Edit album info or Edit info.
  4. Update the text fields or select Change on the album art area to upload an image.
  5. Select Save.
Edit a range of songs
  1. Go to the Google Play Music web player.
  2. Select a song.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key.
  4. Select the last song you want to add.
  5. Near the top of the screen, select the pencil icon Google Play Music pencil icon.
  6. Update the text fields or select Change on the album art area to upload an image.
  7. Select Save.
Edit multiple songs
  1. Go to the Google Play Music web player.
  2. Select a song.
  3. Press and hold the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) key.
  4. Select the songs you want to add.
  5. Near the top of the screen, select the pencil icon Google Play Music pencil icon.
  6. Update the text fields or select Change on the album art area to upload an image.
  7. Select Save.

Problems organizing music metadata

My album art is missing

When you upload music to Google Play, album art is automatically added for MP3 files. For other file types, you can always manually add album art following the steps above.

Note: If album art for a file appears in your iTunes library but not on Google Play, it's likely that the album art was added by iTunes and wasn't included in your original music file.

My album is appearing more than once

Google Play reads different text in the "Album Artist" field as separate albums. Try editing the "Album Artist" field so the artist is listed consistently across the songs you'd like to add to a particular album.

I'm trying to organize a compilation album

Google Play reads different text in the "Album Artist" field as separate albums. Try editing the "Album Artist" field to something generic like "Various artists."

Separate albums are appearing together

This may happen if only the "Album" field is set. Try adding more information to the "Artist" or "Album Artist" fields.

I can't edit some metadata

Purchases from Google Play may contain a unique identifier in the metadata of digital download files that's required by some record labels. This can apply to past and future purchases.

This metadata typically consists of:

  1. A random number generated by Google that identifies the transaction
  2. An identification of Google as the music store distributor
  3. Google's digital signature, datestamp and/or timestamp of the purchase
  4. An indicator of whether the file has been modified

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