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Windows 7: How to add music in FLAC to WMP 12 library?


30 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If you're using the Shark007.net - Windows 7 Codecs go to the Help TAB and choose to associate filetypes to WMP.

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30 Oct 2009   #12

Windows &
 
 
Still a no go...

Thanks for the reply. Well Window Media Player plays flac files now, but the files still do not show up in my Windows 7 music library. It's really no different than if I wanted files with a .txt extension to show in the music library. Somewhere there are settings that tell Windows which file extensions to include in the library called "Music". But where, and how to change them to include the .flac extension? Arrrg!
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31 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

They should now be listed under unknown artist as depicted in the attached screenshot


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11 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
If you're using the Shark007.net - Windows 7 Codecs go to the Help TAB and choose to associate filetypes to WMP.
I did this, but WMP 12 still can't play .flac files. When I double click on the .flac files, the WMP 12 window opens, but all it does is give you 3 choices:
Play all music
Go to Library
Play previous list

Am I doing something wrong? WMP 12 won't even add these files to the library, but I did everything you said.

EDIT: Never mind, I fixed it, but I was forced to use the XIPH codecs, which ended up doing this:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dw96 View Post
Still, I just found a solution: XIPH
Try it out, after install it should work perfectly.
LOL @ works perfectly...
Nice solution except for the fact that it breaks several aspects on WMP.
For starters, WMP's open dialog is now hosed. It used to look like this:



but now the media dropdown list is missing.

In my opinion, putting up with a small annoyance, cannot seek, which only occurs when directly played, and can easily be avoided by choosing to use a rightclick of the FLAC file, and clicking on 'Add to Windows Media Player List', is better than hosing your system.
Still, I got the files to play and I don't really care about this issue too much, although if anyone knows how to get the files to play without XIPH, please let me know.
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16 Nov 2009   #15

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
Hi SHUTRcz, Welcome to the Forum!

You need CODECS that allow WMP to recognize the FLAC files since FLAC is not natively supported by WMP.
The lightest and best codec pack is Win7 Codecs. Also if you have 64bit Windows 7, there is a 64bit tools pack you need to be able to switch to the 32bit WMP so all files will work. Codec writers have been slow to develop 64bit codecs so we need to use the 32bit player that also comes with 64bit Windows.

Anyway, install the Codecs and the x64 tools if needed, only the codec pack if you have 32bit Windows 7. If you have 64bit Windows 7, after you install the tools go to Start - All Programs - Windows 7 Codecs - 64bit tools - default media player, and click the "set 32bit WMP as default" and then the "set 32bit registry item" to make 32bit WMP the default player. There is NO performance difference between the two players but 64bit is NOT supported by many codecs.

For Flac tag support, get WmpTagExtender and install it. Make sure it's enabled in WMP, go to Options in WMP, plug-in tab, click Background and it should show in there with a checkmark, check it if it's unchecked.

Now you need to re-scan your library so Flac will show, WMP should do this automatically but make sure.

Hope this helps.
I took these steps and now my FLACs show up and they do play, I can hear it.

But there are a couple problems:
- Length does not show on FLAC music
- Cannot seek FLAC music

I'd really like to be able to skip ahead in tracks and stuff and see the length of my albums. Here is a screen shot:



Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks!

Specs:
Win 7
AMD 3700 64 bit
2GB RAM
Pretty sure WMP is 32bit (shortcut points to x86 folder)
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16 Nov 2009   #16

 
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This site has a nice search feature....it's available to all...this info has been posted repeatedly.
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17 Nov 2009   #17

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
But there are a couple problems:
- Length does not show on FLAC music
- Cannot seek FLAC music
WMP Tag Plus is a new tag support plug-in that will fix these problems:

http://bmproductions.fixnum.org/wmptagplus

To prevent conflicts, it is recommended to uninstall or disable all other WMP tag support plug-ins before installing WMP Tag Plus.
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19 Nov 2009   #18

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Thanks for this Tim! .. just what I've been looking for!

One thing though .. I found the seek bar and time display wouldn't work right away .. I had to delete my library , shut down WMP , then start it again to re-populate .. then everything was fine!

It might be worth pointing that out to folks if anyone's having problems.

In case anyone is wondering .. navigate to C:\Users\*yourname*\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player .. and delete the file currentdatabase_xxx is what I did.

Gaps between tracks are still a problem though .. any ideas??
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19 Nov 2009   #19

Windows XP
 
 

Yes, it's true that after installing WMP Tag Plus, existing FLAC files need to be re-added to the library for the length and other tags to be filled in. However, this can be done much easier than having to delete the database file: select the FLAC files, right-click, select Delete, Delete from library only, and click OK. Re-add the files through Tools - Advanced - Restore deleted library items.

I'm not sure what you mean with gaps between tracks. Do you mean that crossfade doesn't work for FLAC files? This is a known limitation in WMP; crossfading only works for the default supported formats such as MP3 and WMA.
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19 Nov 2009   #20

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tim De Baets View Post
Yes, it's true that after installing WMP Tag Plus, existing FLAC files need to be re-added to the library for the length and other tags to be filled in. However, this can be done much easier than having to delete the database file: select the FLAC files, right-click, select Delete, Delete from library only, and click OK. Re-add the files through Tools - Advanced - Restore deleted library items.

I'm not sure what you mean with gaps between tracks. Do you mean that crossfade doesn't work for FLAC files? This is a known limitation in WMP; crossfading only works for the default supported formats such as MP3 and WMA.
Yes, I noticed that the crossfade wasn't working .. thanks for the info Tim.

I think I'll experiment a bit more with EAC to see if there is something else in there I've missed with regard to FLAC output.
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