Editing wpl's..?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Frank, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Is there a software program or utility that I can use to edit my media
    play list?
    Frank, Mar 15, 2006
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  2. Notepad. They're text files.
    Mike Williams, Mar 15, 2006
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  3. Frank

    Frank Guest

    I already know that. I think there was a small utility that could
    convert wpl's to asx's and then they could be open in Excel using WM
    bonus pac.
    I'm looking for the power of Excel to edit with.
    Frank, Mar 15, 2006
  4. Then ask for what you want up front. We're not mind-readers here.
    Mike Williams, Mar 15, 2006
  5. What is it you want to do ? Most XML editors (such as Oxygen or XMLSpy
    home) can edit the XML file format used by .wpl. The question is what
    do you need to change, and would it be better automating that task ?

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Mar 15, 2006
  6. Frank

    Frank Guest

    My wife ripped hundred's of her music cd's and in her library playlist a
    lot of the files have put the artist name under album and nothing in the
    artist column.
    I'm trying to get a fast and simple way to correct this.
    Frank, Mar 15, 2006

  7. I'll have a look at writing something tomorrow, but I'm not sure we're
    talking about the same thing. You say you want to edit WPLs ? They are
    playlists, not library entries.

    The two things are quite distinct ... you would create a playlist by
    dragging album tracks into the playlist, then saving it (it's saved as
    a .wpl file type)

    However if the *original* data in the Library is junk - album
    interchanged with artist, then that's unrelated to wpl, it's a library
    / metadata lookup issue which rearranging the data inside the WPL
    playlist files wouldn't have any effect on.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Mar 19, 2006
  8. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Thanks Neil.
    Frank, Mar 20, 2006
  9. Frank

    Frank Guest

    So where would I find the library/metadata stored and how to edit it?
    Possibly batch edit.
    Frank, Mar 20, 2006
  10. It's in a hidden WMDB file, which is basically only editable by writing
    code, and not for the faint-hearted. Unfortunately, there is *nothing*
    straightforward about managing the library or metadata in WMP.
    Mike Williams, Mar 20, 2006

  11. Why not write some sort of spec sheet and I'll see about hacking
    something together next weekend that can run in a browser ?

    You know, a spec sheet -

    "Find track with artist <a>, convert artist field to <b>" and so on.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Mar 20, 2006
  12. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Well now the wife is manually editing her music library to fit her needs.
    I'll just leave it at that.
    Frank, Mar 20, 2006
  13. Does this mean it's your turn to don the pinny and do the washing up ?

    Cheers !
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Mar 21, 2006
  14. Frank

    Frank Guest

    We're supposed to take turns? You mean I don't have to do them all the
    Why didn't somebody tell me that sooner?
    Frank, Mar 22, 2006
  15. Frank

    cyanna Guest

    Sorry to barge in but.....Just what the h*ll are you talking about?
    To have the songs displayed in WMP library view with whatever info you want
    in the columns, allow WMP to retrieve info from the internet, choose the rip
    settings as you want them (yes I know the music is already ripped), go to
    "add to the library" and choose "by searching computer", choose the "slow"
    option when choosing files, expand the advanced search options, choose the
    "slow" option there too, and then click on search.
    This will rename all of your files according to the options set for the rip
    folder, and organize them in folders by artist and subfolders by album.
    cyanna, Mar 31, 2006
  16. And all that will not affect a single static playlist, other than to
    possibly break them due to path changes of the files.
    Mike Williams, Apr 1, 2006
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