You can use the Windows Media Player Library to organize your entire digital media collection on your computer, including music, video, and pictures. After you add files to your Player Library, you can play the files, burn mix CDs, create playlists, sync the files to portable music and video players, and stream the files to other devices on your home network. There are several methods you can use to add files to your Player Library:
Monitoring folders. When you start the Player for the first time, it automatically searches certain default folders included in the Music, Pictures, Videos, and Recorded TV libraries on your computer. If you ever add or remove files from these media libraries, the Player will automatically update its available media files. You can also include new folders in your Windows libraries from other locations on your computer or from removable storage devices.
Add media files that you play. When you play a media file on your computer or from a removable storage device, the file is automatically included in your Player Library so you can access it directly from the Player. And if you have access to remote media files stored on other computers on your network, you can change the Player's settings to add
these remote files to your Player Library when you play them. The Player doesn't automatically add a file that you play from
removable media, such as a CD or DVD.
Rip music from a CD. You can use the Player to rip tracks from your audio CDs. During ripping, the tracks are saved as files on your computer. For information about ripping music from a CD, see Rip music from a CD.
Download music and videos from online stores. You can access online stores from within the Player. Once you do so, you can download music and video files from the online stores. For information about online stores, see Shop online in Windows Media Player.
This topic covers the first two methods, which are accomplished in the Player Library. For more information about the Player Library, see Getting started with Windows Media Player.
If you have an unmonitored folder that contains media files on your computer, you can include it in one of your Windows libraries so the Player can find it.
In the Player Library, click Organize.
Click Manage libraries, and then click one of the following options:
Music. Click this option to open the Music Library Locations dialog box.
Videos. Click this option to open the Videos Library Locations dialog box.
Pictures. Click this option to open the Pictures Library Locations dialog box.
Recorded TV. Click this option to open the Recorded TV Library Locations dialog box.
Find the folder in the list, click Include folder, and then click OK.
If you no longer want the Player to monitor a folder that's included in one of your Windows libraries on your computer, you can remove the folder from the library.
Find the folder in the list, click Remove, and then click OK.
The Player automatically adds files from your computer to the Player Library when you play them. If you want to play media files without
adding them to the Player Library, then you can easily turn off the feature. You can also choose to automatically add remote
media files (files stored on other computers on your network) to your Player Library when you play them.
In the Player Library, click Organize, click Options, and then click the Player tab.
Do one or more of the following:
To prevent media files on your computer from being added to your Player Library when you play them, clear the Add local
media files to library when played check box, and then click OK.
To automatically add remote media files to your Player Library when you play them, select the Add remote media files to
library when played check box, and then click OK.