0FLAC LogoFull Flac support in Media Center x64

Following on from an earlier article, I have been continuing to work on getting my music collection working in Windows 7 Media Center. The problem I have had is that although there are codecs from xiph which support playback of flacs in 64bit players (see this post) there are (as far as I’m aware) no tag extenders compatible with 64bit.  After banging my head against a wall for ages I eventually had a breakthrough.

Installing the 32bit xiph codecs (altho I imagine the official FLAC codec and ffdshow will both work) and the tag extender WMPTagPlus 1.1 I was able to build a library, play flacs and view and edit tags in Media Player 32bit (but not 64bit). It seems that Media Center uses the Media Player engine to play music, but it doesn’t seem to mind which Media Player it uses. In my case the default appears to be the 64bit player, which couldn’t read the tags. However, I was able to switch this by renaming the 64bit player folder in C:Program Files (I renamed it to Windows Media Player 64) and then copying the 32bit player from C:\Program Files (x86) to C:\Program Files. Since then Windows Media Center has happily used the 32 bit Windows Media Player to play back and manage the tags of my flacs.

Whilst this works great, in the longer term I hope someone releases a 64bit tag extender so I can return to using the 64bit player and being purely 64bit again.

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