Is there a way I can bulk strip mp3 meta data from files? Preferably from the command line on OS X or Linux?

I recently tried to use TuneUp (an app that is supposed to located mis-named tracks and fix them) but it has completely ruined my music collection and I just want to start over.

sudo apt-get install mid3v2

On newer versions of Linux you'll probably need to use the following instead:

sudo apt-get install python-mutagen

As its man page states, -D or --delete-all will delete all ID3 tags.

  • Is there an OS X version of this or a way to use it on OS X? No sweat if it's not, would just rather do it on my main machine. – Mitch Malone Jun 8 '13 at 3:25
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    Absolutely, the Mutagen module for Python will work on OS X as well. – Karan Jun 8 '13 at 4:30
  • One last thing - is there an easy way to use Mutagen to recursively go through a direcory and erase all ID3 files? – Mitch Malone Jun 9 '13 at 1:52
  • mid3v2 should allow you to use wildcards such as *.mp3, but I'm not sure what the exact syntax is for find on OS X. It shouldn't be too hard though to figure out how to use find to locate all MP3s and execute a command for them all. If in doubt you can always post a new question. – Karan Jun 9 '13 at 3:11

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