After installing WMP Tag Plus, Windows Media Player puts songs of the newly supported formats into its media library, together with the tags these songs contain. When editing the tags of these songs in the library, changes are saved back to file as well. This means that you can painlessly browse and organize songs of the newly supported formats in the library, just as you would for songs of natively supported formats like MP3 or Windows Media Audio (WMA).
In addition, WMP Tag Plus allows you to also use the Advanced Tag Editor to edit the tags for newly supported formats. Windows Media Player 12 lacks the Advanced Tag Editor, but there you can use the new tag editor of the Windows Media Player Plus! plug-in to get the same result.
WMP Tag Plus is currently the only Windows Media Player tag support plug-in that is still up-to-date, actively supported and fully compatible with the latest versions of Windows and Windows Media Player. Other tag support plug-ins don't allow seeking during playback of newly supported formats either. Seeking is no issue at all when using WMP Tag Plus.
• Please bear in mind that WMP Tag Plus only adds metadata support, and that the following additional packages might need to be installed to enable WMP to play the new formats:
: the Xiph.org DirectShow filters
- MPEG4: Haali Matroska Splitter
together with FFDShow
: the DirectShow filter (CoreWavPack
) at the official WavPack website.
• The WMP Tag Plus plug-in is written for Windows Media Player 11
Changes in WMP Tag Plus 2.1
- WMP Tag Plus 2.1 is a minor update that fixes a possible crash when closing Windows Media Player on Windows 7.
• WMP Tag Plus 1.2:
- New: support for reading/writing embedded album art in FLAC, Vorbis and MPEG-4 files.
- New: library album art support for all formats. This also fixes the "Album art can't be changed when a song from the album is in use" error message when pasting album art in Windows Media Player 12's library.
- New: Monkey's Audio (.ape) and Musepack (.mpc) tag support.
- New: Apple Lossless (ALAC) support for Windows Media Player 12, allowing Apple Lossless .m4a files to be added to the Music section of the media library. Before this, Apple Lossless files were always added to Other media by Windows Media Player 12. Special thanks to John Lockwood for testing.
- (Note: Apple Lossless is still supported on older Windows Media Player versions too.)
- New: Refresh song tags function. WMP Tag Plus can scan the library for untagged songs of the newly supported formats and re-add these songs to the library to refresh their tags, freeing the user from having to do this manually. This scan can be initiated from settings, but will also run once after a clean install of the plug-in.
- If the WMP Tag Plus plug-in is disabled, it will now show a warning at Windows Media Player startup, to prevent untagged songs in the library and tag changes not getting saved to file. This warning can be turned off again easily.
- MPEG-4 tag support now reads/writes the Publisher, Data provider and Date created tags as well. This is done using the same format as the native MPEG-4 tag support in Windows 7 and later. Special thanks to ErikSka for reverse engineering this format and for providing the necessary code.
- Fixed: when a song was started on Windows Media Player 12 before WMP Tag Plus had loaded, the tag support for that song's format was not functional until after a Windows Media Player restart.
- Fixed: on Windows Media Player 12, it was possible that changes in file extension and tag format settings only took effect after restarting Windows Media Player.
- Fixed: changes in the plug-in's settings possibly didn't get saved when the user hadn't switched to the Formats tab.
- Fixed: MPEG-4 tag support wasn't compatible with filenames containing Unicode characters.
- Fixed: the Beats per minute (BPM) tag didn't get read or written.
- Fixed: WMP Tag Plus always tried to show its settings window on the first Windows Media Player run after install, even when Windows Media Player was running invisibly in the background (such as is the case with Windows Media Center). This also caused 'unauthorized window' errors in the event log while using a Windows Media Center Extender. Special thanks to schottjy for reporting and for testing the fix.
- Preliminary support for Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 8.
- Updated the included TagLib library to version 1.7.
- Updated the included MP4v2 library to revision 483.
These formats include FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, Musepack and MPEG-4.