Quirky mp3 file format issue preventing a Linksys media adapter from seeing the files.
December 9, 2003 9:37 AM Subscribe
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posted by jonson to computers & internet (8 answers total)
Okay, I'm running Windows XP, and the standard folder listing for music directories includes ID3 info such as Artist & Title, but on a large number of my files (files that run perfectly in Winamp, can be copied to other machines, can be moved on to handheld hard drive based mp3 players), the ID3 info, which IS populated, doesn't show up in the XP directory listing. Not a major issue, but it does lay the groundwork for a bigger curiosity. I recently bought a Linksys wireless media adapter to stream the Mp3's over the home network to the stereo, and certain mp3s (the ones with the damaged directory information in XP) don't appear on the Linksys list of available songs, regardless of whether I try to find them by song title, artist, playlist etc. Clearly they are in some quirky way, "damaged", but not so much as to prevent them from playing in any other device. Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing, or can recommend and MP3 "fixer" that might correct whatever the problem is? I've been able to solve it by bringing in the files one at a time in to Cool Edit and re-streaming them out as Mp3s, then saving over the old files, but what a ridiculous hassle. Any help would be very appreciated!