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Windows 7: Windows Media Player 12 Problem

29 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows Media Player 12 Problem

Hey, I haven't had Windows 7 Long, but over the last past week i have beein oraganising my Itunes library and thouroughly cleaned out and correctly labeled all my music with correct Artist/Album/Album art (Artwork is embedded by the way with a few handy tools i have found).

But, the problem is, I wanted to be able to use Windows Media Player 12 too, cause in my opinion it seems to use less resources and doesn't slow down as much BUT!...
Over atleast 50% of my music is in the Itunes format .m4a... And i seem to be having problems importing them to the library.
I know that WM12 is meant to have Compatibility and i have tested this by renaming a .m4a to the extension mp4. And after doing that it seems to add fine to WM12 Library.

But is there any way around this of not having to rename every m4a i have got with mp4???
And if i do have to resort to doing this, will this affect Itunes by any chance?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am sure others have come across this but gave up in frustration. xD

StruggleZ!


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29 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

If you change the file extension on all m4a files, you might have to add them to your itunes library again. Then you will probably have all those songs removed, then re-added to your ipod by itunes the next time you connect it.
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29 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Cool Cool, So Do you think there is any other way around this though? Codecs or something i am missing? I just find it weird that WMP12 Hadn't just implemented m4a Support as well?....
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29 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I've never used m4a format songs so I don't really know. A quick google search shows that many people have the same question and everyone agrees that WMP doesn't support the file type at all. m4a is commonly called "Made for Apple" so I guess MS didn't include it for that reason. I'm not even sure about what I said before. It was just a guess based on my experience with itunes in the past. Try doing it to a few songs and see what happens.
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29 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ok, My next question then is, Would there be an easy way to rename all my music files within my Music folder to rename the extension to mp4 from m4a? Through cmd.exe or something, I am no computer whizz or anything but i do know what i am doing with a fair bit of guidance. Cheers for your help btw!
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29 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Looks like a program named Extension Renamer is the only way to do multiple files in one go. You have to download and install it, but it will make things a lot easier and might come in handy later too. Here's a guide on using it:
How to Change the File Extension of Multiple Files | eHow.com
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29 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thank you very much,

I think i am incorrect in what i said, I don't think WMP12 actually adds .mp4 to the library like i thought, it adds it to the "other media" category...

I hope Windows come out with an update for this i guess. Anyway, thanks for your time on trying to help me!

Cheers!
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29 Jul 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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29 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
If choosing this solution there are 2 things you need to know about M4A files. 1st thing, on the Help TAB, choose to associate filetypes to the Windows players. 2nd thing, M4A can contain 2 different types of audio, AAC, and ALAC. The itunes files contain ALAC and to play those in the Windows players there is a checkbox on the bottom right of the Audio TAB.
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29 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ooooh, I will give this a shot, can i just ask one more thing if you guys happen to know the answer,
This is quoted also from Sharks Website but i am sure i saw it quoted off others too...

"The Windows 7 Codecs offered here do not change or interfere with the support Microsoft has provided concerning native codec support in Windows Media Player 12 and Media Center"

From my understanding, i thought that is what they implemented,.. So we didn't have to need any other codecs, Heh.


Ok, I have now installed your codecs but it hasn't gotten me alot further, all it has done is made my Default player for .m4a files WMP12.

How do i get it to arrange all my meta data under the library and not under "other Media"
Cause under the "other Media" tab, it is missing the Artist and Album sort by arrangements, and only lists the name of the song alphabeticaly.

Cheers
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