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Windows Media Player - Ripping CD Information

by tombauman / August 19, 2006 2:31 PM PDT

My brother has ripped at least 50 CD's to his desktop PC. In all cases the album name in MyMusic reads "Unknown" and the track names read "Track 01" etc.

He is using Windows Media Player 10 and is running Windows XP on a Dell computer.

He is NOT CONNECTED to the internet.

I have looked at the settings in Tools - Options and they look to be the same as mine. I am connected to the internet.

Is the CD or Album information on the CD or do I get it from the Internet? Am I missing some very simple setting somewhere? Is there a way to get the info to his files short of reloading?

Please helpme help him. He is an invalid and the music is his sole source of entertainment. He lives 200 miles from me so I need to go there next time knowing, or at least pretending that I know, what to do.



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You/he need a connection. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 19, 2006 11:22 PM PDT

The CD information comes from various databases on the internet. WMP should prompt you/him when it loads to access the net. There is a name for that utility but I can't remember it, it's built into WMP.

In a nutshell, you have to have a net connection to get the CD information.


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(NT) Media Player
by tombauman / August 21, 2006 12:18 AM PDT


Thanks for the input. I was affraid that was the answer. Is there any workaround?


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Rip on a machine with a connection, enjoy on the non connect
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2006 12:31 AM PDT
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Rip elsewhere and enjoy elsewhere.


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Ya know what. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 21, 2006 3:09 AM PDT
In reply to: (NT) Media Player

I believe if you take those songs to a connected machine and play them, WMP will add the information to the stored file. I think. And if so, just burn them to a CD and take back to the guy's PC.

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