Consolidate Library?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by hopcroft, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. hopcroft

    hopcroft Guest

    Hi all,

    For many years i have used itunes due to owning an ipod. Now i have two PCs
    though, a laptop and a desktop and i use my desktop for the ipod but i now
    have vista on the laptop and like the look of WMP11...

    One question, is there a function to consolidate my wmp library? Im a little
    OCD when it comes to neat files an folders and with itunes when i add tracks
    to the library (via simple drag and drop) it copies and renames the files to
    my music folder.

    I really want to do this as i use several methods to get musoc on my pc,
    many of which come with their own download managers...

    Thanks in advance.

    hopcroft, Mar 22, 2007
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  2. hopcroft

    Dale Guest

    You have a few options. In Windows Media Player, you can go to
    Tools->Options->Library and click the setting to rearrange your media files
    according to your rip settings. This will do like iTunes does and keep your
    files organized. I much prefer the way WMP organizes my library than the way
    iTunes does. iTunes makes a total mess by splitting collections across
    multiple folders.

    Also, you can click F3 in Windows Media Player to bring up the Monitor
    Folders dialog. Just add the folders you want monitored to the list and it
    will automatically find and organize those folders if you have also applied
    the setting I wrote of first. Just watch out here. iTunes and WMP will
    compete if you're not careful, both trying to organize your folders their own

    If you really like the job iTunes has been doing for you then simply set WMP
    to monitor the iTunes folders but don't configure WMP to rearrange your
    files. Both players then can happily share the same set of media files while
    maintaining their own libraries. And WMP has one feature that is just not
    available on iTunes - WMP will monitor the folder and you don't have to
    manually add every new track to the library.
    Dale, Mar 22, 2007
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  3. hopcroft

    hopcroft Guest

    Thanx Dale,

    yeah thats what i have done, i really dont wanna put itune on if i can help
    it so no prob with clash...

    I Already had done what you suggested, i suppose they kinda work itunes i drad and drop to itunes and it moves it to my music
    folder whereas with wmp i should drag and drop to my folder and it will
    automatically add to wmp.

    You say potato and all that.

    Cheers again.

    hopcroft, Mar 22, 2007
  4. hopcroft

    Thomas3B Guest

    How do I consolidate tracks of music in Microsoft Media Player?
    Thomas3B, Jul 18, 2008
  5. It's not obvious what you mean - can you give an example ?

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jul 20, 2008
  6. hopcroft

    Thomas3B Guest

    Thanks Neil,

    I am recording jazz from old 78 rpm records. There is an autotracker on the
    recorder which inserts track intervals when the music stops for longer than 2
    seconds which happens frequently in jazz. Then, where a track interval
    occurs, there is extra silence at each end. How do I join the two or more
    pieces together again to make a single track?

    Thomas3B, Jul 21, 2008
  7. OK so it's reasonable to assume the audio tracks are done in one
    session - that is, they are all in the same format - e.g. MP3 audio,
    128kbps mono.

    If the recording (encoding) settings match, the job is much simpler.

    Assuming MP3 or WAV files, you can easily tail-end music files
    together using Audacity :

    That will also get you pop-removal and some compensation for
    equalisation and wow.flutter is available. Finally, a useful feature
    would be to fade-in/fade out, to mask some of the initial crackle of
    the 78s (unless you like that sort of effect)

    Always *save* the files as high a bitrate as you can e.g. 320kbps
    because it's always easier to downgrade them later, whereas you'd
    always lose some quality unless you were actually using WMA lossless
    to begin with.

    If you've already encoded them as WMA (windows media audio) then it's
    a bit more awkward. Windows media encoder can join tracks together.

    It does that most successfully if you have the settings the same as
    the recorded tracks - in that case, it doesn't re-encode them, which
    saves any possible quality loss - though there are no EQ or editing
    tools. You can get that free from here

    Setting up a series of 'sources' choosing File source, and pressing
    the Add Source button would allow you to chain the tracks together.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jul 21, 2008
  8. hopcroft

    Thomas3B Guest

    Thanks Neil - this is really clear and appears doable for a novice like myself.

    really appreciated,

    Thomas3B, Jul 22, 2008
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