The data with the music

A reader asked where Windows stores song information

When you pop an audio CD into your PC's drive, your media player software (iTunes, Windows Media Player, or whatever) downloads this information from an online database.

If you rip the CD to your hard drive in .mp3 or another format, the information for each song (including the album cover graphic) is saved in the file's metadata--data about the data in the file. Most modern data file formats, including musical ones, contain metadata. An .mp3 file's metadata includes the song and album titles, artists, composer, and bit rate (not all fields are filled in on all songs).

The great thing about metadata is that it's part of the file, and therefore travels with it. When you move these files to another computer, or onto an .mp3 player, the titles, artists, and other information travels with it.

The real issue with moving music from one computer to another is digital rights management (DRM). This isn't a problem with .mp3 files, which lack DRM (one reason I prefer them). It could be an issue with something you ripped from a CD, depending on the CD and/or the settings you used to rip it. But it will almost certainly be an issue with.mp4 files purchased off of iTunes, or .wma files from another online retailer. Check the retailer's policies about moving your music.

Read the original online discussion.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lincoln Spector

PC World (US online)
Topics: Windows
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Compare & Save

Deals powered by WhistleOut
WhistleOut

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?