reply to dave
Re: [WIN7] Getting text listing of albums/artists from media pla It can't reconstitute the data you need from the ID3 tags in the files themselves?
not in ohio
said by sbconslt:Maybe it can, but the point is I need to compare files versus the WMP view of the world, and your suggestion would have me comparing files against what I would have to guess would be the WMP way of processing ID3 tags.
It can't reconstitute the data you need from the ID3 tags in the files themselves?
i.e., I don't know what WMPs decision algorithm is when it wants to figure out "is this a distinct album?".
I used to think it was based on the structure of the artist/album hierarchy, but I was wrong there. Then I thought it was based on the content of the desktop.ini files but I was wrong there. I don't have a good track record with guesses!
When you figure it out it's going to be something so mundane, like a capitalization difference, you're going to want to punch a hole through the wall.
not in ohio
Yeah, you're right.
I'm reconsidering: maybe I'll see if I can figure it out with the tags. It might be faster than my current progress.
Consulting this »msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library···220.aspx it seems like the things I'm after in the database come directly from ID3 tags.
There's Microsoft APIs I can use to query the library (I don't actually have to touch the raw wmdb file) but that involves C# and .NET, neither of which are in my current skill set, so I'm trying to avoid even thinking of that approach.