PMEDIA tags showing up after removing extended tags

PMEDIA Tag appears on iPhone in iTunes after removing all tags from the extended tag menu and the Image description. When I grab the album directly from Mp3tag and drop it on my iPhone, the tag(s) are gone, but there is no album cover. PMEDIA appears again when I drop it from iTunes onto my iPhone after removing the tags. I deleted the cover and grabbed a few from different locations through google, but PMEDIA re-appears.

I am using iTunes (Music on a Mac running OS 13.2 and an iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16.2.

Does anyone have advice on how to get rid of these tags?

Can you post an example of this? I use iTunes and iOS devices and do not have this tag displayed on any of them.

Here is a link to an example of 1 album. Both have had the unwanted tags removed using the MP3tag app.

That is on the player. Can you post a screenshot of the enhanced tag panel showing these PMEDIA tags? With a quick Google search it appears these tags maybe are being embedded by the provider, and possibly in some special private tag.

Thank you for looking at this for me.

Below is a link to two different screen shoots of the album. One is the whole album and an extended tag of one song.

All of these tracks show that they have ID3v1, ID3v2.3, and APEv2 tags. You will have to enable the preferences in mp3tag to read each of those, odds are the PMEDIA tags are in there somewhere. Ideally for mp3 files you can reduce it to the ID3v2.3 format only and eliminate chances of these “hidden” tags from happening.

There are plenty of threads here on how to manage this.

I think all those preferences are checked in the setting for the ID3v1, ID3v2.3, and APEv2 tags are checked on. Do I need only to check ID3v2.3?

I would recommend only generating ID3v2.3 tags in general. The other tag variations are not helpful for the modern Apple ecosystem and you can cause yourself confusion in this sort of scenario. However, you will want all of them enabled in the preferences since your goal is to view any tags of any type that are on those files. So check all of the boxes under tag types, including the read and write boxes for APE tags you have unchecked in your screenshots. Then look in the Extended Tags for the PMEDIA tag and delete it once you find. After that revert your settings to only write ID3v2.3 tags.

If the issue isn't APE tags as After you edit the tags in Mp3tag, you may be pulling something in from the Music database. Music stores a lot of the data about the library in a separate file and changing the tags won't necessarily change the library file. To prevent this issue...

  1. Export the files in question from Music to a separate folder on your Mac.
  2. Delete the songs from your Music library entirely on both your Mac and your iPhone.
  3. Edit the tags in Mp3tag and confirm that the PMEDIA tag isn't present while all of the available tag types are enabled (delete the PMEDIA tag if it is present).
  4. Now import the songs back into your Music library and sync them to your iPhone.