MP3 files could contain metadata of various standards. Sometimes you do not require certain metadata information. We can quickly remove these metadata MP3 tags programmatically. In this article, we will discuss how to remove different MP3 tags using C#. Precisely, we will learn to remove ID3v1, ID3v2, Lyrics, and APEv2 metadata tags from the mp3 files within the .NET application.

The following topics are covered below:

.NET API for MP3 Tags Removal

GroupDocs.Metadata showcases metadata management .NET API to deal with various file formats within .NET applications. The API allows to read, update, add, clean, and totally remove the metadata for many file formats. We will use this API to remove metadata tags of MP3 files.

You can download the DLLs or MSI installer from the downloads section or install the API in your .NET application via NuGet.

PM> Install-Package GroupDocs.Metadata

Remove MP3 Tags using C# - ID3v1, ID3v2, Lyrics, APE

The following steps will quickly allow you to remove MP3 metadata tags from your MP3 files in C#.

  1. Load the MP3 file.
  2. Get the MP3 root package.
  3. Remove the relevant MP3 Tag(s).
  4. Save the updated MP3 file.

1. Load MP3

Select the MP3 file and load it using the Metadata class.

Metadata metadata = new Metadata("path/mp3File.mp3");

2. Get MP3 Root Package

Get the MP3 Root Package of the MP3 file using the GetRootPackage() method.

var root = metadata.GetRootPackage();

3. Remove MP3 Tags

From the following ways of removing different metadata tags, you can use your relevant removal strategy.


To remove the ID3v1 metadata tags, set the ID3V1 property of the root package as null.

root.ID3V1 = null;


To remove the ID3v2 metadata tags, nullify the ID3V2 property.

root.ID3V2 = null;


Remove the Lyrics tags by setting the Lyrics3V2 property to null.

root.Lyrics3V2 = null;


Use the RemoveApeV2() method of the root package to eliminate APEv2 tags.


4. Save the File

Lastly, save the updated MP3 file using the Save() method.


Complete Code - Remove

The following source code example shows how to remove relevant MP3 Tags from the MP3 file in C#.

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To sum up, we learned to remove metadata tags from the MP3 files using C#. We specifically removed ID3v1, ID3v2, Lyrics, and APE tags from the MP3 files. You can learn more about the API from the documentation and contact us for queries via the forum.

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