Star Ratings

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Joey, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Joey

    Joey Guest

    I recently restored my WMV files from a backup and was disappointed to find
    out that all my star ratings had been lost. I now see that there is an option
    for storing star ratings directly inside the WMV files (as opposed to
    wherever it is that WMP10 puts them otherwise).

    Putting this info in the WMV files seems the obvious preferred mechanism, so
    I'm guessing there are some drawbacks or disadvantages to doing so, like
    maybe the files get much bigger, etc. So before I make this change, I was
    hoping that someone might be able to give me some info or tips to think about
    before I blindly make the change. Here are some questions:

    1. What are the drawback/disadvantages to having WMP10 put the star ratings
    inside the WMP files?
    2. If I make setting change in WMP10, will it go through and apply this
    change to my existing tracks for the ones I've already rated, or will it only
    make this change on a go-forward basis?
    3. If I elect not to store the star ratings in the WMV files, is there a way
    to restore this info if I have to restore from a backup again at sometime in
    the future?

    Since I have thousands of tracks, I want to be careful not to do something
    that I can't later undo or that causes me any avoidable headaches. So I
    appreciate any feedback anyone can offer me.

    Thank you,
    Joey
     
    Joey, Jun 5, 2006
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  2. Joey

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    1: Privacy. Do you want someone else on your computer to know that you
    really really dig Toto's Africa? I'm comfortable with that, but nor
    everybody else is.

    2: Going forward only, I believe. You can just rerate the existing files in
    bulk, though, by sorting by rating and then rerating them all.

    3: Yes, via the Ratings Migration Powertoy from http://wmplugins.com

    -Zach
     
    zachd [MSFT], Jun 6, 2006
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