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Old 27th August 2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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I have been using a USB stick in my car for listening to my music. This is downloaded as 256kbps .mp3 files from Windows Media Player.

I recently noticed that some files were missing from the listing on the car system screen. In some cases, individual tracks had disappeared from albums. I eventually found these at the very end of the listing under "Unknown Track" and at least 5% of songs have gone this way. However, when I use the option to open the files from the root folder, they are all there, correctly labelled.

Some web searching has led me to believe that this is probably a file tagging issue or even some file corruption that is preventing the car audio system recognising some files. There are a number of mp3 fixing tools out there but I do not know much about them. Would one of these help and can anyone recommend one of these that will run on Windows 8? Thanks.

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Old 27th August 2014, 02:51 PM   #2
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I am using this Mp3test since 2001 which back then was freeware.

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Old 28th August 2014, 08:20 PM   #3
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maybe the file name is too long(more than 40 chars) including the file path its easy to go over those limitations
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Old 29th August 2014, 11:41 AM   #4
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What I have found is that a large amount of files are in a (Unknown Album) folder in the iTunes library. Opening up individual tracks within this shows them to have their information correct. I have created a new folder from which to export music and I am creating new artist folders within this for these "Unknown" tracks. This seems to be going some way to solving my problems but not all.
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Old 3rd September 2014, 08:34 PM   #5
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Default My unknown files

I have a lot files that are listed as unknown. In my case I was ripping to .wav . I had WMP set to auto rip wen the cd was placed in my PC's cd drive. The first tracks meta data was written as UNKNOWN but I didn't notice because in WMP ripping window the file was showing correctly after the metadata was downloaded. I consider it a bug in the software. This doesn't seem to be your problem.
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