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Windows 7: WMP12 Woes

30 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
WMP12 Woes

*begin rant*
This is getting on my last nerves, why in the world did they do those ridiculous changes that practiclly make the program unusable!

First of all you can't get it to rescan your files manually and the auto detection is bad. Not only does it tend to leave ghost entries in the library but it also doesn't pick up ID3 tag changes, leaving me unable to make it pick up the ID3 tag changes I did.
Oh and how can I forget the removal of the advanced tag editor the most nonsensical decision I've ever seen.

Secondly, It sometimes finds wrong information in the database about a song.
But then there is no way at all to revert this and it fills up wrong info for the song in the ID3 tags to.

Third, ok I can see why they would remove the toolbar mode considering how the superbar works but... why didn't they at least include a full set of buttons (volume for example?) and perhaps a smarter thumbnail?
*end rant*

Now that I'm done ranting, can someone help me how would I go making changes to ID3 tags and make WMP notice them and also fix the wrong info it sometimes finds? (It doesn't let me delete the tags for heavens sake )

So here is a list of issues I have with WMP12:
  1. The automatic scanning is flawed, Not picking up changes (even ones made by friggin explorer, like changing an ID3 tag via explorer), leaving ghost entires, etc.
  2. The lack of ability to force a rescan.
  3. When you add a playlist file to a scanned folder and WMP picks it up and you later remove it, you get an unremovable ghost playlist entry.
  4. Inability to fix wrong info, especielly due to the lack of the advanced tag editor.
  5. The superbar integration could be better.
  6. No. 1 makes it difficult to use external programs to edit tags.
  7. Inability to remove a cover art, and I'm not sure if you can change it either.
  8. The fact the WMP library is what used for the media sharing feature leaves me having to maintain a correct media library but with all those issues it becomes very difficult.


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30 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Mp3tag does the job nicely. I always use this to set the tags before including the media in wmp12 library. Then wmp12 uses the info instead of adding it's own (usually wrong) info.
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30 Nov 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

If you go to Tools, Options, under the Library tab you should see an "Automatic media information from the Internet" section. If you remove all the check marks in this section that should stop WMP from overwriting your ID3 tags.
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30 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Guntmeister View Post
Mp3tag does the job nicely. I always use this to set the tags before including the media in wmp12 library. Then wmp12 uses the info instead of adding it's own (usually wrong) info.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
If you go to Tools, Options, under the Library tab you should see an "Automatic media information from the Internet" section. If you remove all the check marks in this section that should stop WMP from overwriting your ID3 tags.
The thing is, that feature worked well in WMP11 since if it did find wrong info I could very easily fix it by using the manual scanning or editing it using the advanced tag editor and if I really had to I could use an external program since it mostly scanned well.
But now a program might even be mandatory due to those awful changes...
The question is even if I use a program to edit the tags how in the world do I get WMP to detect the changes (without wiping the library and letting wmp rebuild it)
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30 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Quote:
The question is even if I use a program to edit the tags how in the world do I get WMP to detect the changes (without wiping the library and letting wmp rebuild it)
Rebuilding the library would be the easiest way. When I do rebuild my library (about 7,500 songs) I just let it scan while I am sleeping.
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01 Dec 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I've only ever used mp3tag to edit my ID3 tags, usually right before I put music into my library. I've only ever done it in WMP maybe once or twice for a quick typo fix. Not being able to scan the library with a mouse click does suck. I have noticed however WMP will eventually scan in the background for new files. Ticking the "Add to the library when played" is another way around it too. If I add an album I'll just play it and let WMP add the songs one by one.
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