Here are some answers to common questions about media information.
Album art is a type of media information. When you rip a CD in the Player, album art is typically downloaded from the Internet at the same time as other media information. For more information about album art, see Add or change album art in Windows Media Player.
Yes. The Player reads and writes media information in the ID3v2 format. It can also read media information in the ID3v1 format.
ID3 is the name of a standard used to add media information to a digital media file. ID3v1 is the first version of this standard. ID3v2 is the second version.
The Player can automatically scan the files in your library and download missing media information or attempt to fix incorrect media information. To change this setting, do the following:
Click Organize, click Options, and then click the Library tab.
In the Automatic media information updates for files area, select the Retrieve additional information from the Internet check box.
Do one of the following:
If you want the Player to only add media information that is missing from your files, click Only add missing information.
If you want the Player to overwrite all the media information in your files, click Overwrite all media information.
Use caution with this option. If you manually modify media information in your files, this option will potentially overwrite all of your changes.
The Overwrite all media information option might be selected. You should select the Only add missing information option instead. For more information, see the question about getting the Player to automatically fix media information in this topic.
When the Player rips a CD, it names the files according to your preference (for example, "01-Sample Song Name-Sample Artist Name.WMA"). You may have music files on your computer that were ripped by other programs and that have file names that don't match your naming preference.
If you want the Player to change the file names of your music files to match your rip settings, perform the following procedure.
In the Automatic media information updates for files area, select the Rename music files using rip music settings check box.
Your files will potentially be renamed when any media information in them is updated (either manually by you or automatically by the Player).
When the Player rips a CD, it names the files, and then stores the files in subfolders based upon the artist and album names. By default, if the media information for the files changes (for example, the artist name or album name is modified), the file will remain in the same physical location.
If you want, you can tell the Player to automatically move your files to the appropriate artist or album folders if the media information in the files changes. To turn on this setting, do the following:
In the Automatic media information updates for files area, select the Rearrange music in rip music folder, using rip music settings check box.
Your files will potentially be rearranged when any media information in them is updated (either manually by you or automatically by the Player).
The answer to this question depends on how user accounts are managed on your computer. If everyone logs on to your computer by using a single user account, there's no way to prevent other people from overwriting your user ratings if they also choose to rate items in the Player Library.
However, if everyone has a separate user account on your computer, you can adjust settings in Windows Media Player to ensure that only your user ratings are stored in media files. Another user can still set user ratings, but those ratings will appear in the Player Library only when that user is logged in. To ensure that your user ratings aren't overwritten, do the following:
Log on to your computer using your user account.
In the Automatic media information updates for files area, verify that the Maintain my star ratings as global ratings in files check box is selected.
When this setting is selected, your user ratings are stored in your individual media files instead of in your library database file. Even though the rating information is stored in a different file location, your ratings will still appear in your library as normal.
Log off of your user account and log on to the other person's user account (you might need the other person to enter his or her account password).
In the Automatic media information updates for files area, clear the Maintain my star ratings as global ratings in files check box.
When this check box is cleared, the user's ratings are stored in their library database file instead of in the individual media files.
Repeat steps four through six for any other accounts that are on your computer.