How to List of All Music in Windows Media Player Library

Indexing your WMP music collection with a free plugin

Organizing digital music
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Cataloging The Contents of Your Music Library in Windows Media Player

If you use Windows Media Player to organize your digital music library then you may want to catalog its contents. Keeping a record of all the songs you've got can come in handy. For instance, you might want to check to see if you've got a particular song before purchasing it (again). Or, need to find out all the songs you've got by a band or artist.

It's usually far easier to use a text-based catalog than it is to use the search facility in WMP.

However, Windows Media Player doesn't come with a built-in way of exporting your library as a list. And, there's no print option either so you can't even use Windows' generic text-only print driver to generate a text file.

So, what's the best option?

Media Info Exporter

Perhaps the best solution is to use a tool called Media Info Exporter. This comes with Microsoft's free Winter Fun Pack 2003. It was originally made for Windows Media Player 9, so you might think that there's no way this old plug-in could possibly work for more recent versions of WMP. But, the good news is that it's compatible with all versions.

The Media Info Exporter tool enables you to save a list of songs in different formats. These are:

  • Microsoft Word.
  • Microsoft Excel.
  • Microsoft Access.
  • Internet Explorer (HTML).
  • Simple text which can be opened with Notepad.

     

    Downloading The Plugin

    Go to Microsoft's Winter Fun Pack 2003 web page and click the download button. After the installation process has finished you'll see a menu screen appear automatically. The information is mostly out-of-date, so simply exit the menu by clicking the X in the right-hand corner of the screen.

    Installation Error?

    If you get an installation error 1303 then you'll need to change the security settings for WMP's installation folder. If you don't know how to do this then we've written an in-depth guide on how to solve this problem. For more information, read our tutorial on installing the Media Info Exporter plug-in tool

    Using The Media Info Exporter Tool

    Now that you've successfully installed the plugin, it's time to start creating a catalog of all your songs. To do this, run Windows Media Player and follow these steps:

    1. In library view mode, click the Tools menu at the top of the screen.
    2. Move the mouse pointer over the Plug-ins sub-menu and click Media Info Exporter.
    3. Ensure the All Music option is selected to export the entire contents of your library.
    4. Click Properties.
    5. To choose a file format to export to, click the top menu and choose an option. If for example you have Microsoft Excel, then you can create a spreadsheet with multiple columns by choosing this option.
    6. Choose a file type and encoding method using the other menus. If you are unsure, just keep with the defaults.
    7. By default the file will be saved in your Music folder. However, this can be modified by clicking on the Change button.
    1. Click OK.
    2. Click Export to save your list.
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