War with Windows Media Player!


Introduction

I’ve been on a long journey with Windows Media Player. The journey started with 100 Blues CD’s which I wanted to add to my music library. The CD’s came from a set of magazine and CD’s which I collected many years ago. This started a series of miss steps with Windows Media Player.

The Missteps

  1. Album Does not exists in the metadata service
  2. Album Art Does not exists (more to point was not found)
  3. Updating Album Art takes forever (almost)
  4. Using a network drive (file share) as the primary store for the media, with Windows 7 Home
  5. Loosing much of the library (and recovering it)
  6. Unidentified Tracks (I’m sure I’ve got some)

The Solutions

  • Album Does not exists in the metadata service

    The solution enter the information by hand. Not the most time efficient, but the option of searching the possible matches for something which matched usually resulted in not finding a match.

    • Album Art Does not exists (more to the point was not found)

    The solution here has been a very labour intensive search for on a music store web site. Find a “the” album cover, or it that failed something which is by the same artist. Save the image, and then paste that image into the album art using the context menu (right click on the “empty” album cover and then “Paste Album Art”).

    • Updating Album Art takes forever (almost)

    Not sure of the cause, and not sure what the solution could be. It seems that I have improved things by “loosing lots of the content”, and re-adding it.

    • Using a network drive (file share) as the primary store for the media, with Windows 7 Home

    I not convinced that the configuration I’m using with using is working 100%. The Western Digital My Book World claims to Windows 7 compliant. I’m not convinced that it is compliant with Windows 7 Home Premium. I suspect that the absence (or switching off) of some of the network functions could be “stuffing up” Windows Media Player, when using network share to store music library. I could have to upgrade to the Business version of Windows 7 to prove, or disprove, this suspicion. (Not something I really want to do just at the moment).

    • Loosing much of the library (and recovering it!)

    Yes, Windows Media Player lost a large proportion of the library! The content was there in the “MyBookWorld” version, but not present in the main library. I recovered from this “disaster” by doing the following:

    • Using Windows Explorer “Search for” (*.wma in one Explorer window, and *.mp3 in an other)
    • The select all of the “content” (all of the mp3’s and a second time all of the wma’s) and add to the Windows Media Player Playlist.
    • Wait for Windows Media Player to “digest” the play list.

    The effect is to “add all of the content” to the “Library” (not sure why, but damn glad it works!). Result, all of the content is now back in Windows Media Player.

    • Unidentified Tracks

    Another search for (*Track*.*) [excuse the old DOS wildcards – but it works], gets all of the Unidentified Tracks.

    Fixing these is something I’m still trying to find an answer for. I’ve noting quick and easy to offer (at this point). I’ll continue to think about the problem, and post my solutions as I discover them.

    Is it “war” with Windows Media Player? I’m not sure you’d call it war, but it’s not peace, sweetness and light, either.

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