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I used Mp3tag software to remove metadata of some mp3 files, and it appears to work fine in Windows Media Player: the name of the artist, song, cover, etc.

But if I play the entire album, suddenly in the penultimate song the previous non-cover, erroneous artist metadata appears and all the songs gets corrupted too. I close WMP and check all the metadata in Mp3tag: it appears to be correct. I play this particular song alone in WMP: the metadata are fine. Then I play the entire album and volia: the penultimate song has the erroneous metadata and this happens all over again.


  1. The metadata of each song is correct in Mp3tag.
  2. The metadata of each song is correct in WMP if played alone.
  3. The metadata gets corrupted in the penultimate song and spreads to others.

What is wrong? Some strange cache behavior in WMP? mp3tag is not doing a good job?

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Are there any non-ASCII characters in any of the songs? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 20 '10 at 7:08
This might be more related to Windows Media Player than the MP3 file. Have you checked for dodgy album art in the folder in which the files are stored? Have you tried stripping the tags with another tool, or in Windows Media Player itself? Have a look at for another tag editor. – user3463 Nov 20 '10 at 7:27
@Ignacio: Just ASCII characters. – Edgar Nov 20 '10 at 20:58
@Randolph: thanks for the suggestions. I will try another tag editor. – Edgar Nov 20 '10 at 20:59
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I suspect Mp3Tag. Try ID3 Kill.

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Thanks for the answer. I will try this too. – Edgar Nov 20 '10 at 21:03
Hope that helps... – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Nov 20 '10 at 21:40

If Mp3tag lets you choose the tag version, make sure it is ID3 v2.3: Windows Media Player doesn't yet support 2.4 completely.

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tags are v2.3. – Edgar Nov 20 '10 at 21:02

BatchPurifier can also remove metadata of MP3 files (ID3v1, ID3v2, APE)

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This works no software required

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Mokubai Nov 16 '13 at 19:20

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