What are ID3v1 tags and why to remove them?
The MP3 standard does not provide a way to store the metadata in MP3 files. The first ID3 standard appeared in 1996 and is now known as ID3v1. This standard proposed to store the metadata in the small chunk at the end of an MP3 file.
The ID3v1 format is now seem to be very limited. It can hold just 7 audio tags: Title, Artist, Album, Year, Comment, Track Number and ID3v1 Genre Index. The text tags are limited by just 30 characters. The Genre Index can contain only 255 predefined values. The standard also prohibit storing non-latin characters in the chunk fields.
ID3v1 still can be used by some old software, found on old Mac and Windows systems, or just in the car or portable audio players. If it is not your case, you can sweep ID3v1 metadata from your MP3 files, as not that even new software is already using ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 metadata for a long time.
ID3v1 tags don't do much harm, but use of them can introduce some confusion into the tagging process, as one application can write to the ID3v1 tags only, and another to the ID3v2. Removing ID3v1 tags can reduce the complexity and help to ensure that all MP3 files using the same tagging method.
The steps, how to get rid of ID3v1 tags in your MP3 files, have been provided below.
Open files in the Tag Editor
In the Tag Editor, open one or more MP3 files that should have ID3v1 metadata removed.
Show the Tag Format column
Show the Tag Format column to find out about metadata format in your MP3 files. This could be done both via main or context menu 'View / Columns / Tag Format', or 'View / Columns / Audio Properties / Tag Format'.
How to show the Tag Format column
Select cells in the Tag Format column
Select a few or all cells in the Tag Format column. You can do that with the keyboard shortcuts, or via top or context menu 'Edit / Select Column'.
Selection of all cells in the Tag Format column via context menu.
Apply ID3v2.4 or ID3v2.3 format
In the active cell, press the accessory button with the three dots inside - select metadata format, which does not contain ID3v1 tags - for example, ID3v2.4 or ID3v2.3.
The format selected will be applied to all selected cells.
Changing the metadata format of audio files to ID3v2.4.
When you finished, check the result of changing the metadata format of your MP3 files. Save the changes via ⌘+S or 'File / Save' menu.
MP3 files saved with ID3v2.4 metadata format.
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