Media Library song ratings

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by TAF, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. TAF

    TAF Guest

    I have several computers, but have been rating the songs in the Media Library
    on only one of them. The music is on an external hard drive.
    Is there a way to import my ratings to Media Player libraries on other
    computers so I can sort (by preference) the 5-star and 4-star songs without
    having to re-rate all the music manually (in the other computers)?
     
    TAF, Nov 6, 2009
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    Tridge Guest

    Hi TAF,

    I too have recently come across this problem. This may be version
    dependant, and also may rely on you keeping all your songs in exactly the
    same folders on the new machine, but I found one solution that seems to work.

    Create a playlist for each rating of songs (i.e. a playlist called "Five
    Stars" for all your five-star rated songs, another called "Four Stars" for
    all your four-star rated songs etc.) and then copy these playlists to the new
    machine. If you then open one of these playlists on the new machine, e.g.
    "Five Stars" you then have all your five-star rated songs visible in one
    list. Highlight them all using Ctrl+A, then right click and choose Rate-->5
    Stars. You can then repeat this method for each of the other playlists.

    As I say, this seemed to work for me but I don't know if it would generally.
    Thought it could be helpful though.

    Tridge
     
    Tridge, Nov 6, 2009
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  3. TAF

    Tim De Baets Guest

    Go to WMP's Options - Library, and tick "Maintain my star ratings as
    global ratings in files", and repeat this on all PC's. This will make
    WMP store the ratings to the actual files. This means that you can just
    copy the files, and, on the other PC, WMP will pick up the ratings that
    were set on the first PC.

    I'm not sure if this will work for existing files in your library. If it
    doesn't, you could also use an external tool such as Metadata Backup -
    http://www.dalepreston.com/Blog/2007/03/windows-media-player-metadata-backup.html


    - to transfer the ratings.

    Regards
     
    Tim De Baets, Nov 6, 2009
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  4. TAF

    TAF Guest

    Thanks, I had a feeling it was going to come to that.
     
    TAF, Nov 7, 2009
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Or you can use the Ratings Migration Plugin if you can find it. Export the
    ratings to the files from one machine and then import them on the other(s).
     
    zachd [MSFT], Nov 17, 2009
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