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WMP Tag Plus - MPEG4, Vorbis and FLAC metadata support for WMP
Tim De Baets
post Sep 28 2009, 19:19
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I have released WMP Tag Plus, a Windows Media Player plug-in for viewing and editing metadata tags of MPEG4, Vorbis, FLAC and WavPack files.

WMP Tag Plus is different from the existing tag support plug-ins in the fact that it has a deeper integration into WMP, while the other plug-ins rely more or less on a workaround. This means that you can now use the Advanced Tag Editor to edit the tags of MPEG4, Vorbis, FLAC and WavPack files, which wasn't possible with the existing plug-ins. Another advantage is that WMP Tag Plus can set the playback length of these files in the library, which makes seeking possible when playing them.

WMP Tag Plus is written for Windows Media Player 11 and 12.

For more information and screenshots, please visit the official WMP Tag Plus web page.

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October 22, 2009: WMP Tag Plus is now officially released, only some minor issues had to be fixed since the release of the second beta. The official WMP Tag Plus web page is at http://bmproductions.fixnum.org/wmptagplus

November 7, 2009: WMP Tag Plus 1.1 fixes a bug that prevented tag changes from being written correctly to certain FLAC files. This update is recommended if you are using the FLAC tag support of WMP Tag Plus.

February 12, 2010: WMP Tag Plus 1.2 fixes a possible crash in Windows Media Player 11.

May 13, 2012: WMP Tag Plus 2.0 adds album art support, Monkey's Audio and Musepack tag support, a feature to refresh song tags in the media library, and much more.

June 2, 2012: WMP Tag Plus 2.1 fixes a possible crash when closing Windows Media Player on Windows 7.

November 29, 2013: WMP Tag Plus 2.2 fixes several bugs, such as a possible crash when accessing the plug-in's settings, and adds full Musepack SV8 support.

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dtreth
post Oct 22 2009, 21:28
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Thanks for the timely response. I am actually in the process of reinstalling Windows 7 in honor of the launch (yeah, I'm one of those people reinstalling all the time). I will try this in a few minutes.
Just curious, why are all these extensions 32-bit only? What would be the work to get a 64 bit version up and running? And also, is your source available? I'm trying to get into windows development (particularly WMP/C) and I would like to look through the source of a few of my favourites.
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Tim De Baets
post Oct 23 2009, 00:11
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It would require quite a lot of work to make an x64 version of WMP Tag Plus. Besides that, it would add two more test cases, on top of Windows XP and the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 7. In my opinion, it really isn't worth all the trouble: the 32-bit version of WMP works just as good and just as fast as the 64-bit version. I guess that the other extension developers feel the same way about this.

The source code of WMP Tag Plus isn't available. I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point anyway, because WMP Tag Plus relies on API hooking to add metadata support, which requires at least some programming experience and a good understanding of the Windows internals. The plug-in uses very little of the actual WMP API.

BTW, WMP Tag Plus is now out of beta and is officially released, the plug-in's web page is at http://bmproductions.fixnum.org/wmptagplus
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post Oct 29 2009, 10:20
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QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 23 2009, 12:11) *
It would require quite a lot of work to make an x64 version of WMP Tag Plus. Besides that, it would add two more test cases, on top of Windows XP and the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 7. In my opinion, it really isn't worth all the trouble: the 32-bit version of WMP works just as good and just as fast as the 64-bit version. I guess that the other extension developers feel the same way about this.


Just browsing this thread, and it may be worth noting that to get some 64bit codecs (flac, mov, whatnot) running on W7 64bit in Media Center using the shark007 codec pack (from here) you have to make WMP12 64bit the default instance of WMP (W7 comes with both 32 and 64 bit versions, and out of the box by default it runs 32bit). I guess that might mean having to run WMP12 (32) for tagging duties and WMP12 (64) at other times. Or something... which might get sort of annoying.

Still, when people are writing useful software and providing it gratis who's complaining at minor inconveniences?!
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post Oct 29 2009, 10:58
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QUOTE (davidos @ Oct 29 2009, 17:20) *
QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 23 2009, 12:11) *
It would require quite a lot of work to make an x64 version of WMP Tag Plus. Besides that, it would add two more test cases, on top of Windows XP and the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 7. In my opinion, it really isn't worth all the trouble: the 32-bit version of WMP works just as good and just as fast as the 64-bit version. I guess that the other extension developers feel the same way about this.


Just browsing this thread, and it may be worth noting that to get some 64bit codecs (flac, mov, whatnot) running on W7 64bit in Media Center using the shark007 codec pack (from here) you have to make WMP12 64bit the default instance of WMP (W7 comes with both 32 and 64 bit versions, and out of the box by default it runs 32bit). I guess that might mean having to run WMP12 (32) for tagging duties and WMP12 (64) at other times. Or something... which might get sort of annoying.

Still, when people are writing useful software and providing it gratis who's complaining at minor inconveniences?!

Are there any tangible benefits of running the 64-bit WMP?
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post Oct 29 2009, 11:21
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QUOTE (teohhanhui @ Oct 29 2009, 22:58) *
Are there any tangible benefits of running the 64-bit WMP?

I had to do it to get the 64 bit codecs (flac, mov some others, but those two I needed) from shark007 to work in W7(64) Media Center - which we use in the living room. Without making 64 bit WMP the default, Media Center would complain that it couldn't find those files: even though they showed up in its library, when you clicked to play them they wouldn't... at least that was the case for QT movies. Unconfirmed for flacs, as once I diagnosed the problem I set WMP 64 bit as the default and haven't seen the problem again.

This was even though WMP 32 bit and 64 bit were perfectly happy to play those mov files. So... confusingly for my setup the advantage of running WMP 64 bit is in the behaviour of Media Center, not WMP itself!

Should leave it at that - don't want to get the thread off-topic...

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- Tim De Baets   WMP Tag Plus - MPEG4, Vorbis and FLAC metadata support for WMP   Sep 28 2009, 19:19
- - teohhanhui   I got so excited upon seeing this that I immediate...   Oct 2 2009, 03:10
|- - teohhanhui   QUOTE (teohhanhui @ Oct 2 2009, 10:10) I ...   Oct 2 2009, 04:23
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (teohhanhui @ Oct 2 2009, 03:10) Yo...   Oct 2 2009, 16:45
- - teohhanhui   That's great! Thanks in advance.   Oct 3 2009, 05:28
- - koawmfot   fantastic. couldn't come at a better time. t...   Oct 9 2009, 17:11
- - Tim De Baets   I am pleased to announce that the next beta of WMP...   Oct 9 2009, 21:35
|- - teohhanhui   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 10 2009, 04:35)...   Oct 10 2009, 09:11
|- - Tim De Baets   What version of WMP and Windows are you using? Doe...   Oct 10 2009, 17:03
||- - teohhanhui   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 11 2009, 00:03)...   Oct 12 2009, 07:51
|- - koawmfot   nice that was fast. 99% of my flac made it in. th...   Oct 10 2009, 23:20
|- - Tim De Baets   Thanks for the information. There indeed was a pro...   Oct 11 2009, 14:41
|- - koawmfot   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 11 2009, 09:41)...   Oct 12 2009, 01:20
- - bryant   Thanks very much for adding WavPack support to you...   Oct 11 2009, 18:44
|- - Tim De Baets   Please do, David, that would be great. The current...   Oct 11 2009, 20:30
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (koawmfot @ Oct 12 2009, 01:20) i p...   Oct 12 2009, 16:54
|- - grommet   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 12 2009, 08:54)...   Oct 12 2009, 18:14
- - koawmfot   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 12 2009, 11:54)...   Oct 12 2009, 19:03
- - koawmfot   QUOTE (koawmfot @ Oct 12 2009, 14:03) QUO...   Oct 12 2009, 22:11
- - teohhanhui   QUOTE I'm afraid that it is actually quite har...   Oct 13 2009, 05:40
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (grommet @ Oct 12 2009, 18:14) For ...   Oct 13 2009, 13:25
- - Loek Rots   Ah! this is real nice to see, thanks for the n...   Oct 14 2009, 16:58
- - Loek Rots   So, I spend some time.. and have to conclude it is...   Oct 17 2009, 22:09
|- - Tim De Baets   Thanks for the report. Did you use Apply media inf...   Oct 18 2009, 10:35
- - Loek Rots   Hey Tim, I did indeed apply the media information...   Oct 18 2009, 13:25
- - Loek Rots   Okay, completely NOT getting this. Here is the sit...   Oct 18 2009, 14:34
|- - Tim De Baets   Thanks for doing some more investigation. I tried ...   Oct 18 2009, 21:31
- - Loek Rots   I have just send a pm.. might it be that it has s...   Oct 18 2009, 21:55
|- - Tim De Baets   Thanks for sending me the file. WMP Tag Plus indee...   Oct 19 2009, 15:57
|- - Loek Rots   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 19 2009, 15:57)...   Oct 29 2009, 11:35
|- - Tim De Baets   One of the TagLib developers asked me to send a FL...   Oct 29 2009, 18:19
- - Loek Rots   Nice you have undertaken action so quickly.. and ...   Oct 19 2009, 16:04
- - dtreth   So I wanted to try out your plugin, having seen th...   Oct 22 2009, 03:40
|- - Tim De Baets   I installed the x64 Components Add-on myself and n...   Oct 22 2009, 16:31
- - dtreth   Thanks for the timely response. I am actually in t...   Oct 22 2009, 21:28
|- - Tim De Baets   It would require quite a lot of work to make an x6...   Oct 23 2009, 00:11
|- - davidos   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 23 2009, 12:11)...   Oct 29 2009, 10:20
|- - teohhanhui   QUOTE (davidos @ Oct 29 2009, 17:20) QUOT...   Oct 29 2009, 10:58
||- - davidos   QUOTE (teohhanhui @ Oct 29 2009, 22:58) A...   Oct 29 2009, 11:21
|- - davidos   QUOTE (davidos @ Oct 29 2009, 22:20) Just...   Oct 31 2009, 04:01
|- - davidos   QUOTE (davidos @ Oct 31 2009, 16:01) One ...   Oct 31 2009, 06:01
- - dtreth   OK, understood. I do however have another interest...   Oct 23 2009, 04:23
|- - Tim De Baets   That doesn't really sound like it could be cau...   Oct 23 2009, 17:25
|- - dtreth   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 23 2009, 11:25)...   Oct 23 2009, 19:43
|- - Tim De Baets   Are the required DirectShow filters for FLAC playb...   Oct 23 2009, 21:38
- - Loek Rots   Hey Tim, I checked against some deeper myself and...   Oct 30 2009, 00:46
|- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (Loek Rots @ Oct 30 2009, 00:46) I ...   Oct 30 2009, 16:21
- - Loek Rots   oh I forgot to mention that I have created the fla...   Oct 30 2009, 12:48
- - koawmfot   tim... I just cleared my library and re-added eve...   Oct 31 2009, 20:57
|- - Tim De Baets   WMP Tag Plus currently doesn't support album a...   Oct 31 2009, 22:16
|- - Loek Rots   Tim, After cleaning my flacfiles all troubles see...   Nov 6 2009, 00:15
- - b23h   Installed WMP Tag Plus on a Windows 7 machine. Ha...   Nov 5 2009, 07:53
- - Loek Rots   Hey b23h, That sounds like the exact same problem...   Nov 5 2009, 12:01
|- - Tim De Baets   b23h, what's the file type of these tracks? Ta...   Nov 5 2009, 20:21
- - b23h   Sorry... running FLAC. Thank you for 1.1, it di...   Nov 6 2009, 03:38
- - Tim De Baets   Glad to hear that WMP Tag Plus seems to be working...   Nov 6 2009, 23:07
- - Loek Rots   Hey Tim, I have a question left. How does the plu...   Nov 7 2009, 17:06
|- - Tim De Baets   WMP Tag Plus reads the ALBUMARTIST field (or ALBUM...   Nov 7 2009, 22:01
- - Loek Rots   Hey Tim, Well indeed ALBUMARTIST or ALBUM ARTIST ...   Nov 7 2009, 23:38
|- - Tim De Baets   FLAC files can contain both ID3 and Vorbis metadat...   Nov 8 2009, 14:09
- - tvks   Hey Tim, Thank you for this excellent plug-in. ...   Nov 18 2009, 09:25
|- - Tim De Baets   What's the exact text of the error message tha...   Nov 18 2009, 15:34
|- - teohhanhui   QUOTE QUOTE (tvks @ Nov 18 2009, 09:25) P...   Nov 19 2009, 21:39
- - tvks   There is no text of the error message: WMP just p...   Nov 19 2009, 13:55
|- - Tim De Baets   Nice to see that the problem is already fixed. Wha...   Nov 19 2009, 19:29
|- - tvks   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Nov 20 2009, 02:29)...   Nov 24 2009, 12:40
- - Mike Lowrey   Hi, i really like your plug in cause it is faster...   Dec 4 2009, 22:34
|- - Tim De Baets   Actually, I have already tried to add CUE sheet su...   Dec 5 2009, 16:08
- - lord_funky_biscuit   WMPTagPlus doesn't seem to be updating the see...   Dec 9 2009, 10:11
|- - Tim De Baets   Which DirectShow filter is installed for playing F...   Dec 9 2009, 15:44
- - lord_funky_biscuit   Interestingly, Last.FM is still scrobbling these t...   Dec 9 2009, 11:49
- - lord_funky_biscuit   That'll be it - madFLAC is installed as part o...   Dec 10 2009, 00:45
- - Mike Lowrey   QUOTE With FLAC images, do you mean embedded album...   Dec 10 2009, 16:16
- - b23h   Hi Tim, I wanted to say thanks for your quick res...   Dec 12 2009, 03:41
|- - b23h   Happened to be working the issue while posting, ha...   Dec 12 2009, 04:02
- - madstrk   How do I avoid WMP Tag Plus from adding mp4 music ...   Dec 12 2009, 21:14
|- - Tim De Baets   You say music videos, so these MP4 files also cont...   Dec 13 2009, 14:23
|- - madstrk   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Dec 13 2009, 06:23)...   Dec 13 2009, 18:38
|- - Tim De Baets   Exactly, setting MP4 to FLAC is incorrect and won...   Dec 13 2009, 22:13
|- - madstrk   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Dec 13 2009, 14:13)...   Dec 14 2009, 05:54
- - Magess   Could you possibly make a version of this plugin t...   Jan 3 2010, 02:40
|- - Tim De Baets   No, a 64-bit version of WMP Tag Plus currently isn...   Jan 3 2010, 18:27
|- - Magess   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jan 3 2010, 18:27) ...   Jan 3 2010, 18:30
- - BarryM   Just another word of thanks for this plugin. Wor...   Jan 7 2010, 00:00
|- - Tim De Baets   It's unlikely that WMP Tag Plus corrupted the ...   Jan 7 2010, 12:37
- - FatBoyDrift   @Magess, not sure if this helps your particular pr...   Jan 11 2010, 05:47
- - briggins   First of all I'd like to thank Tim for an exce...   Jan 14 2010, 16:12
|- - briggins   OK, I'd delete my post if I could, but I can...   Jan 15 2010, 06:36
- - lifespeed   I have to respectfully disagree with your dismissa...   Jan 23 2010, 07:16
|- - Tim De Baets   Windows 7 x64 is in fact supported by WMP Tag Plus...   Jan 23 2010, 18:24
- - tmcbride67   Hi, First I wanted to say thank you for such a us...   Jan 29 2010, 04:52
|- - Miffy   QUOTE (tmcbride67 @ Jan 29 2010, 04:52) H...   Jan 30 2010, 06:54
|- - Tim De Baets   Indeed, I can confirm that lossless M4A files get ...   Jan 30 2010, 16:24
- - Tim De Baets   I have just released version 1.2 of WMP Tag Plus. ...   Feb 12 2010, 22:11
- - RonM   Hi there, I'm new to WMP Tag Plus. I have a ...   Feb 15 2010, 17:36
|- - Tim De Baets   Are you sure that WMP Tag Plus is loaded in WMP? T...   Feb 15 2010, 20:09
- - RonM   Ah, yes, great to be a newbie! Indeed, I need...   Feb 15 2010, 23:18
|- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (RonM @ Feb 15 2010, 23:18) I was a...   Feb 16 2010, 16:06
- - wigster   Hi Tim, Thanks for this great little utility...   Feb 23 2010, 16:35
- - Tim De Baets   Replacing WMP's MP3 tag support is an interest...   Feb 24 2010, 17:28
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