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FLAC in Windows Media Player (what's the best solution?)

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There's a couple threads around the Internet on this topic, but I'm still a bit unclear on things. To start, I love the way Windows Media Player looks. I hate the layout of Media Monkey, Music Bee, Clementine, and I find Foobar so maddeningly counter-intuitive that I've given up on it. I've just reformatted my computer and want to use WMP. I just love the way the media library is organized - artists, with the cover art, very quick navigation. If I found something that worked exactly like that, I'd switch.

 

But I haven't yet. So what is the best solution for getting FLAC to play on WMP, and make it able to recognize tags, etc on it as well? I just know what headphones and speakers I like, I'm not as well-versed in things like perfect FLAC quality and what decoders I need or ... anything like that.

 

Thoughts?

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Pretty sure Windows Media Player will recognize FLAC files once you install a DirectShow filter. Try installing madFLAC and then playing files in WMP. It should be exactly what you're looking for.
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Personally I prefer media players with native support for FLAC and allowing you to have automatic sample rate switching by using drivers like ASIO or WASAPI.
WMP don’t offer these options.
That’s why I use JRiver media center.
As you don’t like MusicBe etc. JRiver is probably not your way.

 

There are plugin's enabling playing FLAC and tagging FLAC in WMP.
It is not possible to use WMP to rip to FLAC.

To play FLAC you need a Directshow Filter :

 

http://www.dsp-worx.de/?n=15

http://www.xiph.org/dshow/
http://www.pristineclassical.com/More/WMP-FLAC.html (MadFlac, works with 24/96 kHz)
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/CoreFLAC_Decoder_Encoder.htm

 

To tag FLAC files using WMP you need:

WMP Tag Support Extender.

 

See: http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=WMPTSE_-_How_to_change_the_plug-in_properties

 

WMP Tag Plus

WMP Tag Plus is a free Windows Media Player plug-in that adds support for reading and writing tags (metadata) of MPEG4, FLAC, Vorbis and WavPack files.

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To play FLAC in Windows Media Player, you can install a plug-in recommended by ophan. If you do not want a plug-in, you need to change FLAC to MP3 or WAV to play FLAC in WMP.
 

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