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?

  • Are there any non-ASCII characters in any of the songs? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 20 '10 at 7:08
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    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 sourceforge.net/projects/massid3lib 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

I suspect Mp3Tag. Try ID3 Kill.

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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.

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

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


You could use eye3D, a Python app. If your OS supports Python, then you can use it. Please follow the link to discover how to install it.

eyeD3 --remove-all <FILE_PATH>. Docs here.

  • While this may barely answer the question, it lacks the context required to make it a good answer. What is eyeD3? Does it work on Windows computers? Please use the EDIT button to add relevant and expanding information to your answer so that it becomes actually helpful. – music2myear Feb 19 at 16:51
  • You have to spend two seconds clicking on the link to discover it. I'd agree if I hadn't put it. – Chris Feb 20 at 18:02
  • That's not how SU works. Please read the Help section, particularly the bits about good answers. A good answer CAN have a link, but it should not be necessary to open the link in order to fully grasp the answer as it pertains to the given question. – music2myear Feb 20 at 18:16

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