How To Add Music to Windows Media Player

How To Add Music to Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is Microsoft’s all-in-one equivalent of Apple’s iTunes, and it comes pre-loaded on Windows installations for “convenience”. It has evolved continuously in line with consumer needs and technology trends since first appearing in the mid-nineties, and, although there are better alternatives available, it is generally a capable and robust product that is perfectly suitable for the standard playback of audio (including radio), video, and image files.

As with many other competing solutions on the market, Windows Media Player provides the ability to import media files with which to create a “library”. Once this has been done, full media-management is available, offering (amongst many other features) the cataloguing and searching of metadata (artist name, album name, year of release, etc), user rating system, organisation, and support for album covers, lyrics and video captioning.

For first-time users of Windows Media Player, the sheer number of features on offer can be a little daunting to begin with, and getting started with creating a new library can be tricky. However, the process itself is fairly simple and typically achieved by “importing” music and video files from the current storage location – and much of this process is handled automatically.
Follow the steps below in our simple guide to create your first Windows Media Player library.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • 1

    On launching Windows Media Player for the first time, the application will automatically scan your Windows Libraries for media (all compatible audio, video and pictures files) and create a library from the results.

  • 2

    If the Windows Music, Videos and Pictures folders are empty, then your Windows Media Player library will reflect this.

  • 3

    You can specify alternative folders for monitoring. Right-click Music, Videos or Pictures on the left hand menu of Windows Media Player, then choose Manage Library.

  • 4

    A window appears which displays the current default locations. Click Add and then locate the folder for monitoring on your PC. Click Include Folder. The media is then added to your Windows Media Player library.

Tips & Advice

  • A method exists which is useful for adding individual files into the Windows Media Player library. On your PC, locate a media file and double-click it to open it. Once opened with Windows Media Player, the file will be automatically added to the library, and can be accessed through the Player in future.
  • This feature also works for files accessed over a local area network. Windows Media Player supports library sharing, and if you have access to another users media collection, any files opened within the Player will automatically be added to your own library.

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