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Windows 7: latest two builds of Windows 7 may damage mp3's


03 Jan 2009   #1
NormCameron

Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
 
 
latest two builds of Windows 7 may damage mp3's

Has anybody encountered this problem with their build of Windows 7


"It is probably fair to say that the Windows 7 builds that have been floating around on the Internet are very stable and that only a handful of minor errors have been reported yet. According to Neowin the latest two builds of Windows 7 that leaked to the Internet may damage mp3 files under certain circumstances.
The problem was first recognized by users who noticed that the first few seconds of their mp3 files had been cut off. Some thought it was related to bad crossfading first but it soon turned out that the data was not there anymore. Many users thought it was caused by Windows Media Player 12 but it turned out to be a global problem.
It does however only happen under the following circumstances: The first few seconds of a mp3 file will be cut in Windows 7 if the header of the mp3 file is larger than 16 Kilobytes and if meta data is written to the file. Some media players are able to automatically add missing meta data which is the most likely cause.
The changes are irreversible and it is advised to backup the mp3 collection before using them in the current builds of Windows 7. A Microsoft employee has confirmed the bug in the forum. According to his statement Microsoft is working on a hotfix for the problem.
According to him the public beta which will be released in early January will not be affected by the problem."


http://windows7news.com/2009/01/02/w...ages-some-mp3/



According to a Microsoft Employee, Located at Neowin Forums, said that whenever the Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer edits the metadata of mp3 files, it corrupts the beginning of the file (a file with a header larger than 16KB only ). or it happens when WMP (Windows Media Player) automatically set metadata using online services.
Therefore it is advisable to backup your music collection before using prereleased version of windows 7. Its clearly a big issue.
http://itsmadh.blogspot.com/2009/01/...mages-mp3.html


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03 Jan 2009   #2
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Wow Norm! I haven't put any mp3 on yet but thanks for the heads up.
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03 Jan 2009   #3
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Thanks Norm,

Funny thing here is that, one of the first things I do when installing is to stop WMP from editing any metadata in MP3,or any other, files.

My reason for doing this is that all my MP3's have their metadata including Album cover information set-up via other methods and I found that WMP10 & 11 were getting the details wrong too often meaning I had to re-edit the files manually to correct this.

Must be that the info available doesn't go back far enough for my collection
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03 Jan 2009   #4
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Good that I steer clear of WMP

Pooch
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03 Jan 2009   #5
unisol

 

I confess that I have the beta 1 version of Windows 7 but I haven't tried it as yet. Just waiting on other people's reviews. My only problem is with the taskbar. It should be dark like Vista's. I guess I'll get used to it. I have discovered iTunes software and I am impressed. I tried using Winamp 5.54 but it won't play mp4s and most videos. That made me mad but it still is a good software that has really endured all this time. I am dying to see the final finished product that is "Windows Seven!" Can't wait! Not sure about the WMP being bad with "7" but i'll test carefully first before I try it.
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04 Jan 2009   #6
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Thanks Norm,

Funny thing here is that, one of the first things I do when installing is to stop WMP from editing any metadata in MP3,or any other, files.

My reason for doing this is that all my MP3's have their metadata including Album cover information set-up via other methods and I found that WMP10 & 11 were getting the details wrong too often meaning I had to re-edit the files manually to correct this.

Must be that the info available doesn't go back far enough for my collection
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I always disable this the very first time WiMP is ever run on any of my systems.

I was going crazy trying to figure out why mine were *not* missing the beginning parts, too!
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05 Jan 2009   #7
NormCameron

Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Microsoft's official response is "Microsoft is aware of this issue and it will be addressed in the beta program". The company is currently hard at work readying a QFE (quick fix engineering) patch that will be distributed by Windows Update for those with official and non-official access. A support (KB) article is expected soon.

Norm
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05 Jan 2009   #8
Zax

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 

So if my music is already messed up, I know there is no way to fix it.

But, I was wondering how can I change the settings of WMP so that it does not edit the metadata and destroy any songs I might add in the future, or destroy these songs again when I download them again.
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05 Jan 2009   #9
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Hello Zax,

in library mode press alt key to show menus select tools then options then on the Privacy tab uncheck the items that mention internet.

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Also if you are ever prompted to update media information - say no

that should do it


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05 Jan 2009   #10
Zax

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 

Cool. Thanks Barman
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