Man, this is such a huge pain. Shame on Microsoft!
Quote from: Vig2000 on 29 December, 2009, 03:40:25 PMMan, this is such a huge pain. Shame on Microsoft!As mentioned in other threads, "Folder.jpg" is considered a reserved file by Explorer for Folder images (and has been for a very, very long time)... so it's best to just assume it will be manipulated and avoid it for storage. See my old post here...
Thanks...I saw your old post...As far as you know, does WMP (version 12) attempt to alter the embedded artwork? For that matter, does WMP alter any part of the ID3 tags?
It also won't change any tags, unless you tell it to change something.
Quote from: grommet on 29 December, 2009, 05:32:41 PMIt also won't change any tags, unless you tell it to change something.Sorry, but another n00b question (I've never used WMP before): What about the "Automatic media information updates for files" in the Library options as shown below? I recently discovered that I have the same setup as shown below, in that "Retrieve additional information from the Internet" and "Only add missing information" were both checked off. Wouldn't this update the ID3 tags (only filling in missing information)? And what "missing information" would WMP add exactly? Thanks again.
I think the default is 'automatically update' + 'only add missing', and that won't be trouble for most... unless your MP3 files aren't tagged using ID3v2.3.Missing information would anything standard that is missing... for example, if you don't have an Album Title entered, it will try to identify the track and enter that data for you. If you don't have a Song Title, it might be able to figure it out. It'll also try to point the album/track to appropriate album art if it's missing. It uses various methods including audio fingerprinting, or the source CD's TOC (assuming it was ripped using a program that embedded a compatible TOC).
Well, thank God that the default isn't "Overwrite all media information." Not only did WMP overwrite all my custom artwork, but it could've also potentially ruined my custom tagging. I am officially done with WMP. Now I have to go and extract my custom artwork from all my audio files, which at least is way easier than re-tagging all my audio files (had WMP overwritten the ID3 tags).All this because I wanted to find an aesthetically nicer interface than Winamp. Yes, it is a nicer interface, but not worth the headache of losing your custom artwork and/or tagging.Is iTunes like this as well?
Well, it won't and didn't ruin your custom tagging... so relax. As stated, it isn't just WMP... the hidden/system file Folder.jpg is part of the Explorer shell... so avoid depending on it if at all possible. If you've already embedded art in the actual song files, does it matter? Use a different filename if you want a file version of the art, too.iTunes doesn't support reading art from Folder.jpg.There are other media application you can look into, some far more graphic oritented: Media Monkey, Zune, J. River Media Center, etc... Windows Media Center as part of the OS, too.I have my content added to all these applications and more, and have no trouble with interoperability. (Well, other that foobar2000's strategy of not supporting Album Artist in MP3 as used by virtually every other media product: TPE, aka BAND. Annoying.) Good luck.
I must admit that I feel like an idiot with my attempts to keep using WMP12: the sad reality is that it can't rip properly, it can't tag properly, it can't maintain a library properly.... at this stage WMP12 is just a very convoluted playback tool and I should get rid of it full stop. Using WMP12 is like driving a 20 year old car and finding out every day that it's leaking oil, the brakes are gone, the battery is almost flat and so on... at one point it's just time to change to a new car.