Unable to Rip Some Tracks

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by bld, May 20, 2010.

  1. bld

    bld Guest

    Using WMP11 in WindowsXP, SP3, on a Compaq Presario, I am attempting to rip
    all my CDs to an external drive. After ripping many of them successfully,
    some tracks from some CDs (not all) do not rip to the Library (or to the
    computer location), although the Rip screen indicates that they have "ripped
    to library". When such a CD is replaced for re-ripping, the missing tracks
    are shown as missing in the Rip screen and re-ripped. But most often the
    "re-ripped" tracks do not appear in the Library. When they do appear in the
    Library, it is only momentarily and then they disappear (even as I watch!).
    Very infrequently, a missing track will be re-ripped to the Library and
    remain there in playable fashion (but in such cases, a previously present
    track may disappear in compensation). Such a "missing-tracks" CD will rip
    without problems to another computer (using WMP9). There seems to be no
    pattern between CDs to which tracks are missing. Could it be that the
    Compaq's drives are wearing out?

    I'm at my wit's end! Many thanks!
    bld, May 20, 2010
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    Tim De Baets Guest

    What format are you ripping to (MP3, WMA or WAV)?

    It would surprise me if the tracks really were disappearing from the
    library. They are probably moved to another artist and/or album, due to
    WMP's automatic metadata lookup. Try to find the tracks at other
    locations in the library, possibly even under "Unknown Artist" (WMP's
    Folder view could come in handy for this).

    If you go to WMP's Options - Library, is "Overwrite all media
    information" ticked? You may want to set that to "Only add missing
    information" instead, or completely disable the metadata lookup.

    Tim De Baets, May 26, 2010
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    bld Guest

    Thanks for your help! I apologize for being so long in responding, but I
    only found your answer today (I was waiting for an email notification of
    reply). It was the stimulus of your answer which led me to what I believe is
    the solution, below. But I've begun with responses to your comments.

    1. I'm using WMA (lossless).
    2. I "Searched" the My Music folder and the containing external hard disk,
    but none of the missing files showed up; nor were they revealed by the "Open
    file location" command for the files which had ripped and remained. As it
    turned out, they hadn't ripped.
    3. All automatic metadata lookup had been disabled.
    4. HOWEVER, I believe I've found the problem. If multiple tracks have
    exactly the same title on the CD, only one track will copy to the Library.
    For example, one of my Vivaldi CDs has 6 concertos; on the CD, several of
    those concertos have tracks titled only, for example, "allegro". Only one
    "allegro" (not necessarily the first) of the several would rip to the Library
    and remain there. However, if I retitled the tracks -- eg., "allegro, 1" and
    "allegro 2" and so on -- then all tracks ripped properly. A Brubeck CD had
    two takes of "Camptown Races", each titled only "Camptown Races", and only
    one of the two tracks would rip. I re-titled to "Camptown Races, 1" and
    "Camptown Races, 1" and got both ripped. Several symphonies had each of
    their tracks titled only "Symphony #3", for example, and only one track would
    rip. Re-naming the tracks with some distsinguishing character got all tracks
    properly ripped.

    Can't trust what the jewel-case literature says about the track names!

    Once again, many thanks for your help, and my apologies for the tardiness of
    my reply.
    bld, Jun 15, 2010
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    Monaro Rocks

    Apr 25, 2011
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    Thankyou bld

    Thankyou bld, your answer seems to have worked for me
    Monaro Rocks, Apr 25, 2011
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