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RichC May 11, 2008

  1. MarcQuinlivan

    MarcQuinlivan Active Member

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    No reason why it shouldn't.
     
  2. RichC

    RichC RAC 500W

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    Lol, yeah i can imagine that would be a ballache to retrieve.

    I have a fair bit, at this moment in time im looking at 1000+ CD albums, obviously i wouldnt need or want all of that on hand but there are a lot of single tracks off many of the albums that i would like to have.

    Rich
     
  3. RichC

    RichC RAC 500W

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    You would be surprised the amount of things that dont work with them though. A lot of digital cameras dont seem to like them for some reason. There is only one way to find out i suppose so ill have to give it a go, ill just make sure ive got some tweezers to hand, lol.

    Rich
     
  4. MarcQuinlivan

    MarcQuinlivan Active Member

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    I have about the same quantity - and have encoded them all into WMA which is why I am reluctant to go down the MP3 conversion route. The new stuff is all MP3, but the CDs are all in WMA as at the time it was possible to get higher encoding rates for WMA than MP3 and my various mp3 players were also WMA compatible.
     
  5. Staz

    Staz is a retronaut Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Yes unfortunately older versions of WMP only allowed you to rip music into WMA. Although there was a registry hack that allowed mp3s to be done also. I think most people assumed WMA would take off anyway.

    I have Media Monkey installed on my laptop. I used it to automatically get track info for some mp3s I have. It also will convert WMAs (and other formats) to MP3. All in the free version too. It's very good software actually, despite the name.

    http://www.download.com/MediaMonkey-Standard/3000-2141_4-10109807.html?tag=lst-4-9&cdlPid=10834122

    I think it'll be worth you changing to MP3 as WMA is becoming less and less compatible!
     
  6. MarcQuinlivan

    MarcQuinlivan Active Member

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    Yeah, I got the hack and the dll file to allow MP3 in 192k. I know what you mean about the conversion, but since I have almost 100 gigs of WMA files, I don't look forward to it!
     
  7. Staz

    Staz is a retronaut Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    I bet. I have just found on MM if you're happy to trust it to overwrite all your WMAs then it'll convert them all in one go. It may take a few days though.

    Otherwise you'd either have to convert them all and then sort them into albums or do one album at a time!
     
  8. MarcQuinlivan

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    Might check out media monkey when I get a chance.

    I have backup copies of my WMA files on a 1TB Network drive and on my desktop and laptop so I might experiment with it.
     
  9. NHN

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    Glad my 100GB is all mp3 then, thank feck for that one, lol.

    Should be easy enough to convert it auto, just depends if there's a convertor clever enough that will read all your 100GB folders/files which I'm guessing is categorised into artists-albums then songs & just recreates the mp3's in the same folder locations so you dont have to then refile them all.

    But even that isnt to bad as if you tell WMP 10/11 to look at the one location after converted them & leave it running for a week permanently it will re-structure it all anyway with the update media information settings/rip settings so it then goes back into artist-album structure anyway, piece of cake mate, done number times with my storage/NAS upgrades over the years, being in IT helps a fair bit aswell, lol, also doesnt help as you become slightly anal about your work, lol.
     
  10. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    Nah you dont have to sort one at a time, just leave WMP to do it, set the structure of the container folder that all the music is in with windows, default is actually fine so shouldnt need changing(unless mac) & leave it running & it will get all the info, albums covers etc from the net, recreates the artists folders & within those the albums then it adds the tunes & within wmp you can set the song title structure aswell so song number-artist-album-encoded rate-etc etc, so leave for the week keep checking, but does work, make sure security suite isnt blocking any specific ports from WMP & router, should work in default mode & security suite might need the allow option for that specific program but I just leave to do auto & works bloody well have to say.
     
  11. RichC

    RichC RAC 500W

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    Im lucky because 90% of my albums have been ripped to mp3 although this has not always been the case, i converted them around a year or so ago. Realistically it is one of the only formats that is widely recognised and compatible with almost anything.


    Rich
     
  12. MarcQuinlivan

    MarcQuinlivan Active Member

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    Didn't anyone ever tell you not to teach your granny to suck eggs?

    Just kidding! I'm an IT nerd myself, so the above is pretty obvious - but it may be helpful to the less computer literate.

    I'm in no real rush to convert them over as all of my current kit will play both WMA and MP3, so I might get around to it at some stage.
     
  13. L60N

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    I lose a lot of virtual space because i never encode my stuff, leave it just as it is. And stay well away from WMA. the bitrate hampers the quality in some cases. I love music and want it a crystal as possible :p

    The home system is testament to that ;)
     
  14. Issac Hunt

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    0650 does not remove the file limit, It will still be 512/400 files. It should take 512 as long as they are not all in the same root folder. If everything is in the same root folder then some RNS-E's will only read 400 files.
     
  15. NHN

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  16. Staz

    Staz is a retronaut Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Media Monkey will do all that automatically. If you're replacing the original it'll put each mp3 into the folder the wma came from, even if you select wmas from multiple folders. And it'll give all the mp3s the same details from the wmas. Cover art will already be in the folder so that's not an issue.

    I'd prefer it this way because WMP automatically puts each album from one artist in a folder together and I prefer them all separately.
     

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