Windows media playlist(wpl) on computer to usb

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  1. Try3's Avatar
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       #11

    WMP does react to files being moved. You might therefore find that you can just leave WMP open during the move and let it make changes to its playlists itself. But I just don't trust WMP enough.

    If you are going to move the music files then I suggest:-

    1 Close WMP before you start so it is not trying to react to your changes while you are still in the middle of doing them.
    2 I always make a backup copy of the WMP database files [*.wmdb] before any major change such as this - "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player"
    3 Keep the same overall structure to their folders e.g. move the whole of C:\Users\User\Desktop\music to, say, C:\Music or D:\Music etc [As always, the safe way to move is to make a backup first]
    4 Make one playlist for a music file in its new location
    5 Read the new .wpl file in Notepad and read one of the original playlists so you can see the difference.
    6 Work through all your playlists in Notepad substituting the common part of the new path for the original one
    7 Then you can re-open WMP and all the playlists should operate correctly using the new locations.

    When I do anything like this, I normally change the playlists to use absolute paths so I do not have to mess about with all those …\… bits but, since you will be doing the same change in them all [Replace C:\Users\User\Desktop\music with C:\Music] you can choose either form of address.

    I always include the WMP database files [*.wmdb] in my routine backups as well. That's merely because I sometimes had database corruption in Windows 7 WMP. I can also copy those files between my computers so I can have the same Date last played data in them all.


    All the best,
    Denis
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  2. Try3's Avatar
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       #12

    WMP does react to files being moved. You might therefore find that you can just leave WMP open during the move and let it make changes to its playlists itself. But I just don't trust WMP enough.

    If you are going to move the music files then I suggest:-

    1 Close WMP before you start so it is not trying to react to your changes while you are still in the middle of doing them.
    2 I always make a backup copy of the WMP database files [*.wmdb] before any major change such as this - "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player"
    3 Keep the same overall structure to their folders e.g. move the whole of C:\Users\User\Desktop\music to, say, C:\Music or D:\Music etc [As always, the safe way to move is to make a backup first]
    4 Make one playlist for a music file in its new location
    5 Read the new .wpl file in Notepad and read one of the original playlists so you can see the difference.
    6 Work through all your playlists in Notepad substituting the common part of the new path for the original one
    7 Then you can re-open WMP and all the playlists should operate correctly using the new locations.

    When I do anything like this, I normally change the playlists to use absolute paths so I do not have to mess about with all those \ bits but, since you will be doing the same change in them all [Replace C:\Users\User\Desktop\music with C:\Music] you can choose either form of address.

    I always include the WMP database files [*.wmdb] in my routine backups as well. That's merely because I sometimes had database corruption in Windows 7 WMP. I can also copy those files between my computers so I can have the same Date last played data in them all.


    All the best,
    Denis
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 52
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       #13

    Try3 said:
    WMP does react to files being moved. You might therefore find that you can just leave WMP open during the move and let it make changes to its playlists itself. But I just don't trust WMP enough.

    If you are going to move the music files then I suggest:-

    1 Close WMP before you start so it is not trying to react to your changes while you are still in the middle of doing them.
    2 I always make a backup copy of the WMP database files [*.wmdb] before any major change such as this - "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player"
    3 Keep the same overall structure to their folders e.g. move the whole of C:\Users\User\Desktop\music to, say, C:\Music or D:\Music etc [As always, the safe way to move is to make a backup first]
    4 Make one playlist for a music file in its new location
    5 Read the new .wpl file in Notepad and read one of the original playlists so you can see the difference.
    6 Work through all your playlists in Notepad substituting the common part of the new path for the original one
    7 Then you can re-open WMP and all the playlists should operate correctly using the new locations.

    When I do anything like this, I normally change the playlists to use absolute paths so I do not have to mess about with all those …\… bits but, since you will be doing the same change in them all [Replace C:\Users\User\Desktop\music with C:\Music] you can choose either form of address.

    I always include the WMP database files [*.wmdb] in my routine backups as well. That's merely because I sometimes had database corruption in Windows 7 WMP. I can also copy those files between my computers so I can have the same Date last played data in them all.


    All the best,
    Denis
    Ty, I gotta be missing something...
    I'd have to change 32 paths for just 1 wpl of 50?
    When I drop just 1 of the AC DC. wpl in notepad I get:

    <?wpl version="1.0"?>
    <smil>
    <head>
    <meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Windows Media Player -- 12.0.19041.1266"/>
    <meta name="ItemCount" content="32"/>
    <meta name="IsFavorite"/>
    <meta name="ContentPartnerListID"/>
    <meta name="ContentPartnerNameType"/>
    <meta name="ContentPartnerName"/>
    <meta name="Subtitle"/>
    <author/>
    <title>AC DC</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    <seq>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\01 Riff Raff.mp3" cid="{09BF5752-4310-44E1-A81E-B747EDD7BF41}" tid="{E1521A8F-6345-4868-B188-65A43B87DF38}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\02 Hell Ain&apos;t A Bad Place To Be.mp3" cid="{A5C9C0FB-7A9F-434F-A879-2C823841D7AD}" tid="{D180EA03-F3BE-4AD4-BB9B-509AFD384015}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\03 Bad Boy Boogie.mp3" cid="{B72A35FF-9320-46D0-B324-0CE2F73D8DAE}" tid="{7AC227EE-C8C8-4339-843A-8BED5D60F385}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\04 The Jack.mp3" cid="{18D2AD40-8938-4C94-8AA7-1581C90B6A34}" tid="{F5D41D14-3A59-44B8-A10B-940165104372}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\05 Problem Child.mp3" cid="{1E9267DB-A87D-4649-81D8-A483066D907D}" tid="{FCFEA8DE-CC0D-4B7E-AF1F-E140D7A6DAF3}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\06 Whole Lotta Rosie.mp3" cid="{EF85DFFA-9475-4796-AF95-6CA2A7A81CE5}" tid="{6D19323D-A4EF-4422-9E59-5802969D6702}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\07 Rock &apos;N&apos; Roll Damnation.mp3" cid="{45E37641-2081-4B38-8106-2B27A36F60BA}" tid="{F853C361-6D36-4DCC-8973-76FC9CBD9881}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\08 High Voltage.mp3" cid="{040DA93E-CE55-4D42-A5F3-3CB0904BF06E}" tid="{C8E5DD4B-46B1-4001-9D24-9CD460DBB7BA}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\09 Let There Be Rock.mp3" cid="{5BC093C6-8563-4BF7-B1AC-5DEA188A4F64}" tid="{967A6A77-2210-43EE-8BCC-B549B322913A}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\10 Rocker.mp3" cid="{654F5E22-1662-4BC8-9C48-525B99C2D526}" tid="{F7FF024F-03C3-4602-A26E-AC7372922A24}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\01 Thunderstruck.mp3" cid="{DF2E3D78-30DC-4BC9-B54C-FC36FDF97E8E}" tid="{27DF0B11-BF26-47AF-8054-7FE188DFA684}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\02 Fire Your Guns.mp3" cid="{CFC021EB-531D-4173-93C9-67E02BCF5B91}" tid="{CF1A1AB0-B078-4BCF-869F-528E7BE0A9BF}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\03 Money Talks.mp3" cid="{A9E2621C-3003-4742-AB1F-75F369392342}" tid="{17156B16-3F20-4567-A5B3-893B75634D30}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\04 The Razor&apos;s Edge.mp3" cid="{36A8B92E-A9DF-47C4-9070-8A72214B0762}" tid="{1C758DCC-D740-413B-9360-3D37581280DA}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\05 Mistress For Christmas.mp3" cid="{E962596D-E215-4A40-B2C4-554BB37FF63D}" tid="{943C0F08-4DE0-4D7F-A908-FB8EE72E4BD0}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\06 Rock Your Heart Out.mp3" cid="{77DE53B0-36CF-4FB0-ABA8-6CC4C298265B}" tid="{251D4ABA-A381-4CF0-BD00-011150C13AA2}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\07 Are You Ready.mp3" cid="{17FCD8A2-78D2-4D50-85B9-DF09186C2EC3}" tid="{A5D9C3EB-ACEC-41F9-AE0D-5C034540F833}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\08 Got You By The Balls.mp3" cid="{F0600D50-81B3-46A5-942C-C57CD87BE417}" tid="{CF666B2F-6772-41C2-BD8A-E0EF60442242}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\09 Shot Of Love.mp3" cid="{99C18891-87BB-4933-B53C-452BB1A4F0A1}" tid="{7BE67545-6CD7-4290-B812-716DF29A014D}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\10 Lets Make It.mp3" cid="{8CBD62D7-F1EA-4A9C-8199-87BA5D0D3615}" tid="{AA214773-447F-43FC-8A3E-5308573B9408}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\11 Goodbye &amp; Good Riddance To Bad Luck.mp3" cid="{7C44E2B6-F394-4CED-8DC5-585061899BEE}" tid="{964FF090-BC1C-4B11-BEC6-55F04D1FA099}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC The Razor&apos;s Edge\12 If You Dare.mp3" cid="{F6A1865D-3E7B-474D-B698-09AC2B75F06C}" tid="{01083E04-C9B1-40C6-BECE-4C23BF83CF7D}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\01 Highway To Hell.mp3" cid="{BC938794-99BB-4695-B504-BACE8C1E370E}" tid="{46C847FC-ACB6-4735-A6D5-ED624C2ACCAB}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\02 Girls Got Rhythm.mp3" cid="{7C64C7AA-AE2F-4CE0-A1CE-492771CE4B72}" tid="{109750F1-3CE0-48E6-97F6-473AAAEB0285}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\03 Walk All Over You.mp3" cid="{5C5BE91A-E677-473F-B92B-536F293A6FEE}" tid="{DA037B56-56B2-4B9E-819C-57078D811FE3}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\04 Touch Too Much.mp3" cid="{4FF2D51A-C9D7-4C84-830D-8FAA4DAED9AF}" tid="{7C6CFC4F-8F75-4301-A677-D55065A41DFA}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\05 Beating Around The Bush.mp3" cid="{CF5D13D4-6F1A-4D4F-B63D-5A4C23586F2B}" tid="{88089EE8-869D-4594-A170-F7A0C5C0B87E}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\06 Shot Down In Flames.mp3" cid="{F8608759-A2EA-4FEA-AE18-5464B0C9E1C7}" tid="{18B13B4F-C738-4DBE-8B2B-9BA11B6F101A}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\07 Get It Hot.mp3" cid="{20682D46-FEAE-443E-87C1-516AB25CACE8}" tid="{BC4986D1-1B46-450A-950B-23932DCFDFD0}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\08 If You Want Blood (You&apos;ve Got It).mp3" cid="{D3DE5DDB-44C6-4C35-ADB2-8FAFD329DD15}" tid="{89C8FDC7-4D22-4CF3-A22F-E112150F9976}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\09 Love Hungry Man.mp3" cid="{C80F7FAA-EC6F-4CC9-BADB-8E15712F8066}" tid="{FF05C7EE-40FA-4FAD-9753-2FB0E1EB98BE}"/>
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC Highway To Hell\10 Night Prowler.mp3" cid="{EC3DB8FA-05DC-4ABE-8825-D77DBA782784}" tid="{6F756A4F-7989-451B-A32D-E18B352AB899}"/>
    </seq>
    </body>
    </smil>
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  4. Try3's Avatar
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       #14

    sneauxwolf said:
    I'd have to change 32 paths for just 1 wpl of 50?
    No, you just change the playlist[s] for the audio files you move.
    {But I thought you were moving all your audio files and you would therefore need to edit all your playlists one by one}

    Using the one you posted as an example, you'd use Notepad's Edit, Replace to Replace all
    Find what:
    ..\..\Desktop\music desktop
    Replace with:
    C:\Music
    [assuming C:\Music is where you are moving the top level of the audio files to]
    Click on the Replace all button to do all the changes in that playlist in a single operation.
    Windows media playlist(wpl) on computer to usb-notepad-replace-all.png

    Using Replace all will change, to take just two lines,
    both
    Code:
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\06 Whole Lotta Rosie.mp3" cid="{EF85DFFA-9475-4796-AF95-6CA2A7A81CE5}" tid="{6D19323D-A4EF-4422-9E59-5802969D6702}"/>
    and
    Code:
    <media src="..\..\Desktop\music desktop\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\07 Rock &apos;N&apos; Roll Damnation.mp3" cid="{45E37641-2081-4B38-8106-2B27A36F60BA}" tid="{F853C361-6D36-4DCC-8973-76FC9CBD9881}"/>
    to
    Code:
    <media src="C:\Music\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\06 Whole Lotta Rosie.mp3" cid="{EF85DFFA-9475-4796-AF95-6CA2A7A81CE5}" tid="{6D19323D-A4EF-4422-9E59-5802969D6702}"/>
    and
    Code:
    <media src=".C:\Music\CD Collection mp3\AC DC If You Want Blood You&apos;ve Got It [Live]\07 Rock &apos;N&apos; Roll Damnation.mp3" cid="{45E37641-2081-4B38-8106-2B27A36F60BA}" tid="{F853C361-6D36-4DCC-8973-76FC9CBD9881}"/>
    By moving all the audio files together and therefore keeping their subfolder locations within Music the same relative to each other, you don't need to change anything else.

    Incidentally, those examples also illustrate how awkward WMP playlists are when it finds apostrophes in a path-filename.
    - I used to write playlists manually sometimes and I just copied the awkward syntax it used but I got fed up and gradually worked through all my audio files removing apostrophes, ampersands, semi-colons & characters with accents [
    and so on] then rewrote my playlists without them.

    Denis
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  5. Posts : 52
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    Thread Starter
       #15

    {But I thought you were moving all your audio files and you would therefore need to edit all your playlists one by one}

    Ty again..
    Yes, I wanted to get that 17gb of audio files off desktop to c:\ .

    150+ albums 1230 songs on 50+ wpl sub files under playlist...


    TS
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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       #16

    I hope we are not talking at cross purposes.
    "wpl sub files under playlist"
    - .wpl do not contain files, subfiles.
    - .wpl are merely lists.
    - The "Playlists" section in WMP is just a section heading for the purposes of display.
    - - The playlists exist as separate .wpl files in your Playlists folder [rather than within WMP itself].
    - - WMP merely reads & displays what's in the files in your Playlists folder.

    If you are indeed moving all your audio files then you'll need to do the same change to all your playlists.
    - Keep Notepad open all the time.
    - When you have done each file, save it then File, Open to move on to the next one.
    - By doing it this way, NotePad will keep the data in its Find what & Replace with fields so that will save you re-typing the same thing every time [and hence avoid the chances of typos].

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 52
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       #17

    Dear Denis,
    No, I think we're on the same page, I just didn't know what to call the other wpl's under playlist...

    Thx for the lessons.

    It seems it would be easier to just move them to c:/ ??? and redo the playlist. Unless I'm missing something else? I have nothing but time. Regardless that playlist didn't take long to create, and or recreate...Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Now If I recreate the playlist under C:\??? what would be your method AGAIN, so I could move it freely around to another win 10 computer?

    TIA x 10

    I do have Identical full copies of those songs on separate drives if that matters...
    3, 1 on flash, two on internal hdd's f:\ and G;\.

    I'm a believer in not enuff backups. Since Acronis 2020 does not backup appdata, I also do the same with chrome bookmarks-

    %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default, as you do with [*.wmdb] thx for the tip...

    ts
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  8. Try3's Avatar
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       #18

    sneauxwolf said:
    It seems it would be easier to just move them to c:/ ??? and redo the playlist. Unless I'm missing something else? I have nothing but time. Regardless that playlist didn't take long to create, and or recreate...Correct me if I'm wrong.
    Yes, you can just do the move then recreate the playlists if that's easier for you.

    sneauxwolf said:
    Now If I recreate the playlist under C:\??? what would be your method AGAIN, so I could move it freely around to another win 10 computer?
    If you have the same folder defined as your Music folder on all your computers and therefore have your Playlists [.wpl files] in the same place on them all
    and if you have moved your audio files to same the same location on all your computers
    then
    you can just copy the .wpl files between your computers [between the same location in each one, you can't just stick them anywhere].

    All the best,
    Denis
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  9. Posts : 52
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    Thread Starter
       #19

    Ty,
    In Other words: C:\CD Collection mp3 on all computers? Although Users would be different? IE: Laptop\ user\music

    TIA

    Ty, for all your time...
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  10. Try3's Avatar
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       #20

    sneauxwolf said:
    In Other words: C:\CD Collection mp3 on all computers?
    Yes. I do the same.
    In all my computers & for all users, the Music folder is set to D:\Utilities\Music so my playlists are in D:\Utilities\Music\Playlists
    so I can copy playlists between D:\Utilities\Music\Playlists on all my computers without having to change them at all.

    Denis
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