Windows Media Player - Music Library Locations - Public save location?


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    Windows Media Player - Music Library Locations - Public save location?


    Hi there,

    on my Windows 10 machine (20H2), I use the Windows Media Player (WMP) and the libraries there to organize my music. In the library settings I can add folders. One folder is the "Default save location". This is totally clear to me, as it refers to the place where files are ripped etc.

    The other save location is marked as "Public save location". And to be honest, I have no idea why this setting is useful. I thought: Okay, perhaps this setting shares the respective folder in the network. Or on the local machine for other users. But defining a folder as a "Public save location" simply does nothing.

    MS support told me that this function of WMP is obsolete and only has to do with the "home network groups", which aren't there anymore in current Windows builds.

    So is it true that this feature for "Public save location" in the WMP libraries has no effect at all or did I get something wrong?

    Greetings!

    PS: Here is a picture of the library with "Standardspeicherort" (Default save location) and "Öffentlicher Speicherort" (Public save location)

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    Thanks, Denis, for your reply.

    The URL you have posted refers to the "normal" libraries in Win10. My question refers to the settings IN the Windows Media Player library options. Or do the concepts of system-libraries and WMP-libraries interfere?
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    fibumasi said:
    The URL you have posted refers to the "normal" libraries in Win10. My question refers to the settings IN the Windows Media Player library options. Or do the concepts of system-libraries and WMP-libraries interfere?
    They are all 'normal' libraries.

    The only difference WMP makes is the ability to monitor additional [non-library] folders for files to include in its lists so, to that extent, there is such a thing as a WMP library in addition to the 'normal' Music library.
    Purely by way of example
    - My Music library is set to a folder in which I put Playlists and nothing else. WMP monitors this folder.
    - I also have WMP monitor a set of folders that include the audio files I want to see in its lists. These are all non-music radio recordings.
    - Neither of these paths include any music. If I want to play an album or a track I just use File explorer - right-click on the folder/file & select Play. I find File explorer a much better way of browsing through my music folders than WMP.

    The WMP library is in
    Code:
    "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player"
    and I back up the files [only] in that folder every so often as a source for recovery in case of WMP library corruption.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 18 Apr 2021 at 15:27.
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