Id3 tag problem + album art

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by fabolousrmx, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. fabolousrmx

    fabolousrmx Guest

    Hello, i have over 4000 songs in my music libary, and for the longest time
    been using iTunes to organize it. I just downloded WMP11 beta and installed
    it yesterday. within itunes all of my music is correctly taged and has album
    art attached to each song. Some of my music that i edited the tags in iTunes
    falis to edit in WMP. In the windows explored they are shown to be correctly
    taged and everything but when i goto WMP it reverts back to the old name and
    stuff. Some of the album art does not even display and some are all black.
    any help?
    fabolousrmx, Jun 13, 2006
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  2. If WMP and iTunes are both monitoring the same files then they will
    fight to the death over your ID3 tags. You will be the loser.
    Mike Williams, Jun 13, 2006
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  3. fabolousrmx

    fabolousrmx Guest

    Well the windows os seems to agree with itunes. Could it be the fact that
    many of the album covers and big images or multple images?
    fabolousrmx, Jun 14, 2006
  4. You've provided no information about any of this to make a diagnosis.
    Mike Williams, Jun 14, 2006
  5. I have to agree with Mike in that you have not provided enough information
    to diagnose this problem.

    However as someone who is successfully sharing a music library between
    iTunes and WMP I may be able to give you some pointers.

    First, what format is your iTunes music in? MP3, AAC, AIFF, or other? This
    is very important because WMP only understands tags for certain file
    formats, in other cases it is possible to add a plugin to add support, in
    some there is no solution at all.

    Second, other than for MP3, (and possibly WMA - yech!) WMP is useless at
    dealing with embedded artwork. So if you are using AAC (which can be played
    in WMP and the tags for which can be read thanks to a plugin) then embedded
    artwork will not work in WMP.

    I am guessing, but it sounds like you are using MP3. A difficulty here is
    that there have been several versions of ID3 tags (as used by MP3) and some
    iTunes might accept and some WMP might accept. Hopefully there is a version
    both will accept. If you look in the Advanced menu in iTunes you will see a
    command called "Convert ID3 Tags..." this might help.

    I personally use AAC (built-in to iTunes, and the free CoreAAC codec for
    WMP) and the WMPTSE plugin to allow WMP to read MP4 tags. As I indicated
    above WMP still cannot read the embedded artwork for this but it can read
    track names, artists, album names, etc. I then used "Find Album Info..." in
    WMP to find album art which gets saved as jpeg files in the folder
    corresponding to the album.

    NOTE: Regarding both iTunes and WMP monitoring the same folders. I set my
    system up so that iTunes "manages" the library, and WMP does NOT reorganise
    it. I also set things so that WMP does not replace existing tags.

    While iTunes can store multiple artwork images per track (e.g. front and
    back of a CD case) I strongly suspect 'lesser' applications may struggle
    with this.

    Finally remember that WMP will not be able to play tracks bought on the
    iTunes Music Store even though they are in AAC format (and even though you
    may have an AAC codec installed for WMP).

    Cheers, John Lockwood
    John Lockwood, Jun 14, 2006
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