The purpose of Grouping tag

The Tag Editor allows editing the Grouping tag. This field will enable you to link several tracks by giving them the same grouping value.

The Grouping tag serves to store the category, which does not fit into Genre or Tags metadata for some reason. For example, classical music is often categorized into different musical sections, e.g. "Piano - Nocturne", "Weather - Hurricane".


Grouping tag in ID3v2 standard and iTunes

The ID3v2 standard suggests a "TIT1" frame for storing the Grouping tag. However, iTunes, since 2016 and the release of its version 12.5, writes the Grouping into the different non-standard ID3v2 frame named "GRP1" and uses "TIT1" to store the Work tag.

As Tag Editor is supported on macOS only, it was made compatible with iTunes. So, the Tag Editor behaves in the same way as iTunes and stores the Grouping data in the "GRP1" tag.

Application

ID3v2 Frames

Column in Tag Editor

iTunes, Tag Editor
GRP1 Grouping
ID3v2, Windows
TIT1 Work

Suppose you decided to make the metadata compatible with macOS and iTunes only. In that case, the Grouping info should go to the Grouping field in the Tag Editor.

Otherwise, if your metadata should be compatible with the ID3v2 standard, the Grouping info should go to the Work column.


Grouping tag in other standards

In the case of the MP4 format, the Tag Editor uses a standard ©grp mp4 atom to store the Grouping data. In the case of FLAC format, CONTENTGROUP and GROUPING tags are in use. Finally, the ISRF RIFF tag is used in the case of WAV format.


Open files in the Tag Editor

In the Tag Editor, open one or more audio files that should have Grouping info updated.

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How to show the Grouping column

Show the Grouping column to get access to iTunes Grouping info. This could be done both via main or context menu Column / Grouping.

How to show the Grouping column in Tag Editor for Mac

How to show the Grouping column

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How to show the Work (Grouping) column

Show the Work (Grouping) column to get access and modify to standard ID3v2 Grouping info. This could be done both via main or context menu Column / Classical / Work (Grouping).

How to show the Work (Grouping) column in Tag Editor for Mac

How to show the Work (Grouping) column

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Edit the Grouping and Work (Grouping) tags

Grouping and Work (Grouping) are text columns and can be edited in the same way as other similar columns, such as Artist, Album and Title. You can use batch editing or swap the content of columns via copy-paste features.

How to edit the Grouping and Work (Grouping) columns in Tag Editor for Mac

How to edit the Grouping and Work (Grouping) columns in Tag Editor for Mac

You can also invoke a shortcut menu with some predefined values and quickly select one of them instead of typing.

To invoke a shortcut menu with predefined values, press the accessory button, a small button with three dots on the right of cells, or press ⇧+⏎ (Shift+Enter) on the keyboard. To change the list of predefined values, select "Edit Grouping List" from the menu.

How to edit Grouping List in Tag Editor for Mac

How to edit Grouping List in Tag Editor for Mac

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Done!

When you finished, check the changes and save them via ⌘+S or File / Save menu.

Grouping column in iTunes/Music

Grouping column in iTunes/Music


Group Description in File Properties in Windows

Group Description in File Properties in Windows