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Windows Media Player - sorting music within an album

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Schnitzu, Jan 4, 2016.

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  1. Schnitzu

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    Hi All. I have an Acer Aspire which I use as a media machine, mostly music. I have an internal LAN which connects several devices, including a Sony Bravia smart TV. Windows Media Player on the Acer serves my music to the Bravia. This has worked just fine.

    But, of course, I had to upgrade the Acer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It seems a new version of WMP may have come with Win10. It searched for, and found all my music, and seems to have organized it just fine. However, when I access the music now from the Bravia, the songs within each album are sorted alphabetically instead of sorted in the order in which they were recorded on the album. I much prefer to have them sorted as they were originally recorded. I have searched for solutions to this issue and come up empty handed. Does anyone out there have any ideas?
     
  2. Oddba11

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    That is NOT true. You do NOT have to upgrade. Microsoft WANTS you to upgrade.

    As for the files, different software sorts files differently. The WMP version shouldn't matter unless that is what you are using to share the files. Typically, you would just share the folder containing the files an allow other devices to read them.
     
  3. Schnitzu

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    Of course you are correct. I was not very clear. I should of said 'But, of course, I went ahead and upgraded the Acer from Windows 7 to Windows 10.'.

    In any event, let me be a little more specific. Over the last couple of years I have been ripping my many CDs to the Acer using WMP. For the most part, it worked pretty well. My DLNA compliant Sony TV finds and recognizes the Acer, and allows me to play the albums that I have ripped to the Acer. The music within the albums as displayed on the TV has always been in the same order as they were recorded on the CD.

    Then I did the upgrade to Win10. After the upgrade, I launched WMP. It initially showed no music on the Acer, but then did a search of the Acer and found and organized all my music. Things looked fine.

    Now, when I look at an album from within WMP, the music is in the correct order, but when I look at that album from the Sony TV, the music is in alphabetical order. The two views don't match.

    I have one other DLNA compliant device on my LAN (a Blue Ray player), and it also finds the music on the Acer. It also displays the music within an album in alphabetical order.

    So, what I am trying to do is to get my DLNA devices to display and play my music in the order that it was recorded, not in alphabetical order. Is there a way to do this?
     
  4. Oddba11

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    From what I've found, it's not an OS (ie: Win10) issue, it appears to be related to the DLNA server being used, which appears to be related to the WMP version. A search shows numerous other complaints of the same issue using Win7/8/8.1 and 10.
     
  5. Schnitzu

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    Yeah, I agree. I was hoping that someone who new more about WMP or DLNA than I do could point out a quick fix - a parameter I needed to change or something. But it looks like I will have no such luck. I will keep on researching the issue. If I find a solution, I will post it here.
     
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    The only solution I've seen is to use a third party DLNA server. It's not a config or setting issue in Windows.
     
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    Okay, I could not find a solution to this issue within Windows Media Player. So, at Oddba11's suggestion, I did some research on third party DLNA servers. I chose the free version of Plex Media Server and downloaded it. Through Plex, my music is now in the correct order (Track number order). I am happy with this solution. I now consider this issue resolved. Thanks.
     
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