Add or edit media information in Windows Media Player


You might have items in your Windows Media Player Library that have missing or incorrect media information, such as song titles, track numbers, artist names, album titles, or genres. Incorrect information might have been added when you ripped the tracks from the CD or because you used another program to rip your CDs. Whatever the reason, the Player relies on media information to organize the items in your Player Library, so it's beneficial for all items in your Player Library to have accurate and complete media information.

For more information about the Player Library, see Getting started with Windows Media Player.

Adding media information automatically

In many cases, the Player can download media information for you and add it to your files automatically. For example, when you rip a CD, the Player can search an online database and download media information about the tracks on the CD.

The Player can also periodically scan the contents of your Player Library for items that are missing media information. First, it matches the items in your Player Library to entries in the online database, then it automatically downloads the missing media information and adds it to the files in your Player Library.

For detailed information about how to automatically add or edit media information when you rip a CD, see Rip music from a CD.

Adding or editing media information manually

You can also add or edit media information manually. If you have items in your Player Library that have missing or incorrect media information, there are several methods you can use to manually correct the media information.

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To add media information using the online database

Typically, the easiest way to add media information to a file already in your Player Library is by searching for the information in the online database. This method works best when there's information in the database, but the Player is unable to automatically match it to the file in your Player Library.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, right-click an item, and then click Find album info. The Player connects to the Internet and displays the Find album information dialog box.

    To select multiple adjacent items, click the first item, hold down the Shift key, and then click the last item. To select non-adjacent items, hold down the Ctrl key as you click each item.

  3. In the Find album information dialog box, match the item or items to the correct album from the list or refine your search.

    The Player closes the dialog box and adds the information to the Player Library. After some time (which varies depending on how many changes you've made and whether the Player is performing other actions), the information is also added to the file. To force the Player to update the file immediately, click Organize, and then click Apply media information changes.

To add media information using the Edit command

If you don't mind entering all the information manually, you can bypass the online database and fix the information directly in the Player Library by using the Edit command.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, right-click the item title, artist name, or other media information attribute, and then click Edit.

    If the attribute is not visible in the Player Library, you might need to use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the Player Library (if it's available) to scroll left or right, or you might need to configure your Player Library to display attribute columns that are hidden by default. For information about how to change the columns displayed in the Player Library, see Change how you display items in the Windows Media Player Library.

    If you want to make the same attribute change for several items, you can save time by selecting the group of items before you right-click the attribute. To select multiple adjacent items, press and hold the Shift key while making your selection. To select non-adjacent items, press and hold the Ctrl key while making your selection.

  3. Type the information that you want to add or fix, and then press Enter.

    The information is added to the Player Library. After some time (which varies depending on how many changes you have made and whether the Player is performing other actions), the information is also added to the file. To force the Player to update the file immediately, click Organize, and then click Apply media information changes.

  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as necessary to fix the other attributes.

    Notes

    • Some attributes, such as length, size, and bit rate, can't be edited.

    • Some attributes, such as contributing artist and genre, can have multiple entries separated by semicolons.

To add media information by dragging items

If there are items in your Player Library that have correct media information and you want to copy those attributes to another item that has incorrect information, you can do this quickly by dragging the incorrect item on top of the correct item.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click a view in the navigation pane, such as Artist, Album, or Genre.

  3. In the details pane, drag the item that has the incorrect media information on top of the item that has the correct media information.

    For example, drag "Unknown Album" on top of the album "Giant Steps." All of the items in "Unknown Album" become part of "Giant Steps."

  4. If a confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes.

To prevent media information from being overwritten

After you've taken the time to add media information to your files, it's a good idea to verify that it won't be overwritten by the Player later.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click Organize, click Options, and then click the Library tab.

  3. In the Automatic media information updates for files area, verify that the Only add missing information option is selected (it's selected by default).

    This will prevent the Player from inadvertently overwriting the correct media information you've added with incorrect media information that might be available in the online database.

    Note

    • If you use the Find album info command to manually download media information from the online database, the media information will be overwritten regardless of the options you've selected.



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