Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: WMP12 Woes

30 Nov 2010   #1
temp4746

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.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

30 Nov 2010   #2
Guntmeister

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #3
alphanumeric
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


30 Nov 2010   #4
temp4746

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)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #5
Guntmeister

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Dec 2010   #6
alphanumeric
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 WMP12 Woes




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
More Java woes
Oracle's Java patch contains new holes, researchers warn http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025797/oracles-java-patch-contains-new-holes-researchers-warn.html#tk.nl_secur Malware impersonates Java patch Malware impersonates Java patch | PCWorld
Security News
Yet even MORE woes for Java...
New bug neutralizes latest Java security updates
Security News
Serious VHD woes
Hope someone can help. I have a .vhd that I can't open with Disk Mgmt. When it does attach, the assigned drive is an 'empty folder'. The .vhd is 67+GB..... Even tried with 7Zip and 'VHD Attach' - all 'open' the file as EMPTY. Please, any suggestions...? I need last year's taxes..... ...
Virtualization
Upgrade Woes
I just upgraded my wife's PC from Vista Premium to 7 Premium. We both have our documents on a mapped drive on a 2003 server (Active Directory). She went to delete some files and could not. When she does try, it asks if she's sure she wants to send this file to the recycle bin (?), if you answer...
Network & Sharing
ATI All in Wonder Woes.
here is my story, Have 2 monitors connected to my HTPC, 26'' LG and 42'' Sharp Aquos. today the HDTV wouldnt show anything on it (it was still showing up in display properties as display 2) so i restored the computer to a point where everything was working, and now neither monitor shows anything...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:27.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App