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

21 Nov 2009   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem.


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21 Nov 2009   #32
Pikey

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Klaw117 View Post
I did, but it hosed part of the player.
What part did it hose?

I used the xiph codec and Tim De Baets WMPTagplus and everything is fine! .. despite what sharc says ..

Perhaps you have been mixing together too many codec packs ..
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21 Nov 2009   #33
Tim De Baets

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Klaw117 and Shark007 are referring to a bug in the Xiph.org codecs installation, which breaks the "Files of type" drop-down of WMP's File open dialog.

Klaw117, looks like you said in a previous message in this thread that you tried the Xiph codecs. I should have noticed this, before pointing you to something you obviously already knew of, my apologies.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
Since Tim De Baets knowingly suggested you hose your media player,
maybe he'll followup with a resolution...
Oh hi Shark007. I have found that exporting the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\Extensions registry key to a REG file, and then re-importing this file usually fixes the problem. If you are running the 32-bit version of WMP on 64-bit Windows, you will need to do the same for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\Extensions

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
LOL @ works perfectly...
Nice solution except for the fact that it breaks several aspects on WMP.
Breaking the "Files of type" drop-down is the only problem I am aware of. Do you care to explain the other 'aspects'?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
I personally informed Tim De Baets and he was fully aware of the damage the xiph codecs cause before he made that recommendation. Shame on him.
Quite frankly, I feel much better pointing users to the Xiph codecs than to a codec pack. The Xiph codecs have this relatively small bug, which most users won't even notice, and which can easily be fixed. But they will work well for what they are installed in the first place: playing FLAC and OGG in WMP.

On the other hand, a codec pack is a one-size-fits-all solution that frequently causes conflicts. Users also have no idea of what exactly gets installed on their system.
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21 Nov 2009   #34
Shark007

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Attached are registry files that will fix the damage caused by the installation of the xiph codecs. It would be nice if Tim posted these on his site along with his suggestion of using the xiph codecs so that people arent left without a clue.

I suggest you review the registry files to realize the full extent of the damge.
These registry files contain ORIGINAL Windows 7 keys and values wiped out by the xiph installer.
I would not have found this to be an issue if uninstalling xiph would have replaced the keys/values.


Attached Files
File Type: reg fix xiph damage on x64 systems.reg (2.7 KB, 181 views)
File Type: reg fix xiph damage on x86 systems.reg (1.4 KB, 130 views)
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21 Nov 2009   #35
Tim De Baets

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I have tested those fixes but they didn't work, not on Vista and not on Win 7. I am suspecting that the problem is really caused by the REG_SZ value that is added to the MUIDescriptions key. All the other values in this key are REG_EXPAND_SZ, and making the new value REG_EXPAND_SZ too does seem to fix this.

I can only see things related to the "Files of type" drop-down in those REG files, so that still makes me wonder what other aspects you were referring to.
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01 Feb 2010   #36
duyhung

windows 7 Entreprise x64
 
 

nice topic, i wish my lover windows media player will be able to manage Flac as great as mp3 , so foobar will not be used as much as now.
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08 May 2010   #37
giospurs

Windows 7
 
 

Hi there, I'm new to the board, I'm hoping someone can help me out with my FLAC/WMP troubles. I've just installed Shark's codec pack, and it's allowing me to play the FLAC files, but I can't edit any of the tags in the player, and the files aren't showing up in the WMP 12 library. Any suggestions?
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08 May 2010   #38
giospurs

Windows 7
 
 

I've solved the problem. I just had to re-build my library. Tools > Advanced > Restore Media Library
So now I can play FLAC in WMP. Thank you Shark! No more converting FLAC into huge .wav files!

The only slight problem is the track's lengths don't always come up which makes seeking a problem. But I can deal with it!
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11 May 2010   #39
giospurs

Windows 7
 
 

I've got another problem now.
When playing FLAC in WMP 12 there is an annoying gap as the track changes. Albums that have segued tracks sound really jarring between tracks as a result.
Does anyone know if there is a fix giving gapless FLAC playback in WMP12?
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11 May 2010   #40
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by giospurs View Post
I've got another problem now.
When playing FLAC in WMP 12 there is an annoying gap as the track changes. Albums that have segued tracks sound really jarring between tracks as a result.
Does anyone know if there is a fix giving gapless FLAC playback in WMP12?
I can't test for gapless FLAC playback in my WMP12 right now because my Win7 PC is down.
All I can tell you for now is that foobar2000, which you'll see recommended fairly often in these threads, does support gapless playback, and it's a pretty light install, and easy on system resources. But if you like WMP12, and would prefer to stick with it, maybe someone else has the answer you need. Good luck!


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