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    VLC will read .wav metadata, WMP/WMC will not? Why not? Can I make it so?

    I recently ripped all my CDs to wave files onto an external drive. Now I can hear all my collection and, with VLC it's great. All the songs play with album art & info. It's the best sound possible. The problem is, when I tried to make that drive a searched folder in Media Player or Media Center, all I get is UNKNOWN artist, album. Only song title.

    The thing I like about Media Center is I can look at photos and listen to music, search for artist, song, etcetera, really easily, using the remote. But without the metadata... UNKNOWN? Not so good. Why can VLC do it and, so far, WMP/WMC can't? What have I done wrong? Can I fix this and remove all the .WMA files from my computer? That would make backups much faster (which was part of the idea).

    I'd appreciate any info. Thanks in advance.

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    You might be able to do so by modifying some settings, but I have not tried this as I use Win Amp exclusively for music.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15693...dia-player-12/

    Let us all know if it works.
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    Thanks, Clint. It doesn't work. I just get a 500 title unknown album, all the artists and albums mixed into one mess. Here's a pic of what I get. No way to use that method.wmp.jpg

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    I suggest you convert your WAV files to FLAC or a high quality variable bitrate MP3 format.
    Or use a 3rd party tool to add metadata to WAV files
    WMP may not be capable of accurately or consistently editing WAV metadata.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I suggest you convert your WAV files to FLAC or a high quality variable bitrate MP3 format.
    Or use a 3rd party tool to add metadata to WAV files
    WMP may not be capable of accurately or consistently editing WAV metadata.


    WAV & BWF Metadata Guide
    I already have converted them. Now I want the purer sound, deeper. The VCL player reads them. Anyway, I found I can get WMP to recognize them but only by adding one album at a time to the library. A dreary prospect.

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    That's WMP for you.
    I would be hard pressed if were any serious audiophiles out there that would recommend WMP for much of anything.
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    I've just converted one track to .wav and it shows the album art. It's not in the correct folder with the original song, but WMP found it and showed it as an extra track with WAV on the album.

    I suppose it might depend on how you ripped it as a .wav - I used Audacity.

    Mind you, it took a while to find, I had saved it without an extension!

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    I've just converted one track to .wav and it shows the album art. It's not in the correct folder with the original song, but WMP found it and showed it as an extra track with WAV on the album.

    I suppose it might depend on how you ripped it as a .wav - I used Audacity.

    Mind you, it took a while to find, I had saved it without an extension!
    I used Easy-CD-DA Extractor to rip. As I said, it shows fine in VLC, not in WMP/WMC. As I said above, I can rip single songs or albums but I'm not going to spend that much time on it. I'll just use VLC. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    That's WMP for you.
    I would be hard pressed if were any serious audiophiles out there that would recommend WMP for much of anything.
    That's true! It's just convenient, with the remote control and all. Anyway, thanks, Clint.

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    I use MediaMonkey to rip all my CDs to FLAC and add cover art etc. It also sorts them and allows me to sync to external devices, for the car / phone / ipad etc.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    I use MediaMonkey to rip all my CDs to FLAC and add cover art etc. It also sorts them and allows me to sync to external devices, for the car / phone / ipad etc.

    cheers, Paul
    That was not the question. I am not interestied in FLAC.

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    MM supports wav files too.

    cheers, Paul

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    Try WMPCDText.

    Hope this helps...

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    Thanks, Rick

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Try WMPCDText.

    Hope this helps...
    Thanks, Rick, My WMP does recognize CD tracks after a second or so. I'm wary of 3rd party downloads. I'll research it though. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Try WMPCDText.

    Hope this helps...
    I set a restore point, then downloaded, installed, and ran it. I tried it small scale. Maybe it works for CDs but it didn't work with the wave files I put into the library. But I'll try it another day with better-known stuff. I started with a CD a friend of mine made and he's not so well known, though it's in the database if you type in his name. I'm not gonna do that 500 times! Anyway, I'm sort of getting used to the idea of using VLC and giving up. Cheers.

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