I downloaded and installed the new Windows Media Player 11. At first I thought it was great. It displayed my music in easy to see formats by album, artist, etc. Then I noticed that some of my mp3 files were disappearing. The album folders were left with just the album cover art jpg files on some albums.
I think that the WMP11 was renaming and moving my music based on what it thought was correct information from the internet. When you rip a CD you create some tag information that has the album name, cover art, artist, etc. Well what I think was happening was that WMP11 thought it knew better and fixed and moved some of my mp3 files. For example, I have a Stevie Wonder Christmas CD called "Someday at Christmas". WMP11 renamed it to "Merry Christmas-Someday at Christmas" and changed the artist to Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. I also had some duplicates like where I created a Christmas folder for Christmas CDs and copied some CDs to that folder leaving them also in their original artist folder. Well WMP11 didn't seem to like that I had duplicates so it deleted the mp3s from one of the folders. I read an internet posting that complained that WMP11 wasn't good at finding the CD information on the internet. I think it was finding some wrong information also. To compound things I guess some CDs have errors in them. For example, I just bought a Christmas CD from Mannheim Steamroller. When I went to rip it to my harddrive, I found out that the tag information on the CD was wrong and actually said the CD was by George Michael and had non Christmas music on it. When I played the CD it contained the songs as described on the cover - nothing by George Michael. That CD really gave WMP11 fits especially when I tried to correct the information.
I think I have found the WMP11 settings causing the problem. I have unchecked "Rename music files ..." and "Rearrange music...." in the WMP11/Tools/Options menu. This seemed to have stopped the problems.
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