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Windows Media Player Efficient Library
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:18:26 PM »
I am trying to set up properly a music library on WMP11 for a meditation centre. We have about 400 cds and many of them are not commercial cds that we can find on the Web. I have many questions about Windows Media Player and can't find all the answers in the Help Menu. Here are just a few:

1. I created a specific file on a external hardrive of the laptop I am using to create this music library. When I extract a cd, it often show "unknow artist, album" etc. With track 1, 2 etc. If I write by hand the info in the library of WMP it doesn't update the info on the portable hardrive. Same with the CD cover that I paste in the library. All these informations are in the library but If I let say I have to change the computer and transfer all the information from the external hardrive to the new computer, all that information will be lost. What should I do to organise as best as possible the data so I don't loose it all the time and I don't have to start all over?

2.In the Option menu of the music library, there are 2 lines I can't figure out. Something like (I am translating from my French version) "Name musical files according to the parameters of extraction" and the other one "sort out the music in the file of extraction according to the parameters of extraction". Is it better to clic on these or not? What do they really do?

I will have more questions, but this is a start and a first for me on a forum!
Thanks in advance if someone responds...
Best regards



    Re: Windows Media Player Efficient Library
    « Reply #1 on: March 18, 2008, 06:49:58 PM »
    If your burnt CDs are actual copies of comercial CDs you should look into iRiver's software, It has a huge database of comercial CDs and it looks at track lenght and number of tracks and gives you a list of matches to your CD. then it will name them all for you (Artist, Track no., Song, Album) it saved me hours of inputting music data manually. so try www.iriver.com or DL it from another source.

    I forget what company has the database but iriver bought rights to it. Check out their website.


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      Re: Windows Media Player Efficient Library
      « Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008, 11:40:53 AM »
      I haven't used WMP much for ripping music but I do believe WMP should save track information in the individual music files. The files names might still be called unknown artist - unknown title but the info should be in the tags. When you load the music on the other computer doesn't the track titles show up?
      What format are you ripping the music in?
      I forget what company has the database but iriver bought rights to it. Check out their website.
      It is called Gracenote (formerly CDDB). Iriver might have licensed the technology but they don't own the rights to it. Itunes and Winamp use Gracenote (to name a couple players/rippers) and so do Sony Ericson's line of Walkman mobiles.

      Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
      Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)