There is usually no need to remove the so called ID3 tags of audio files. Actually there are only two scenarios that do make sense. The first is if you encounter lots of audio files with wrong ID3 tags and the second if you want to remove either ID3v1 or ID3v2 tags from the audio files to ensure that all use the same tagging method. ID3 tags make it possible to store meta data in audio files. Meta data includes the song title, the album and artist among other information.
ID3 Kill is a free Windows software that can recursively scan through directories and perform file operations on audio files.
Usage is pretty straightforward. You point it at a directory and check a few boxes to configure the options. It is possible to include subdirectories in the scan. The main options are to remove ID3v1 and / or ID3v2 tags from all audio files that you throw at the program.
Other options include to clean m3u and pls playlists, to ignore file attributes or to display a message after the run is finished.
Update: ID3 Kill has been discontinued. You can download the last version of ID3Kill directly from our servers: ID3 Kill
Update 2: An alternative to ID3 Kill is ID3 Tag Remover which you can also use to bulk remove mp3 tags from selected mp3 files. Once you have started the program you can drag and drop mp3s that you want to remove tags from.
You can select to remove ID3v1, ID3v2 or both ID3 tags from all selected audio files. Once you have added the files, and made the selection, you can click on the remove button to have all files processed by the application automatically. The open source program works fine on all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
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