I have 500 GB of music in MP3 format on an external hard drive and I only have a 100 GB hard drive on my computer. Can I listen to that music through Windows Media Player in the location its in without copying it to my computer due to lack of space...if so how? Can I copy some of the music into my Itunes so I can upload songs to an Ipod? If so how? Thanks
Windows Media Player / Itunes(19 posts)
You can listen to music stored on an external drive. I do this all the time. Just open the song (file not folder) and double click on it. If your file association is correct, it should work. Mine are all .wma though.
I've been waiting for you to respond. Thanks
I did that and it does work but I have over 60 playlists that I want to listen to without having
to select "a" song. Is that possible? Do I copy Windows Media Player to the hard drive to do that?
Sorry new to all this music stuff as you can see! ;)
Hey WHS did I lose you? I know this isn't a very hot topic with computer geeks...but you seem to be
the one who has answered the most questions with music on this site...Can I use both Windows Media Player and Itunes? I'm confused and need your help pleaseeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!
Playlists will play as usual - the whole thing. I also just found one lone MP3 song that I once downloaded from Amazon to my external disk. That one worked too. For better contol I suggest you enable Media Player on the toolbar. Right click on the toolbar > Toolbars > click "Windows Media player". Now start Media player and minimize it. You will then see the contols in the toolbar - very handy.
Tricia, you did not loose me. I am just slow. Before I give you an answer I always double check that it really works - just to make sure. And that takes time. I know nothing about itunes. Sorry but I cannot answer you question regarding that. Why do you want to play with itunes rather than media player?
When I start Windows Media Player this is the message I get
Windows Media Player cannot play the file. If the file is on another computer, verify that you are connected to the network. If you typed a path, verify that it is correct. If the problem persists, the server might not be available.
If I go to my E: drive directly and double click a song it plays???
Sorry didn't mean to rush you...
I don't really want to use Itunes but I need Itunes to load songs on to Ipod? You can't load songs
to the ipod from Windows Media Player (atleast that's what I was told)
Ipods usually have their own wizard to load stuff. And they load directly from the files. At least my Sansa E250 works that way. Look at the manufacturers website for the Wizard once.
I believe this was something that older iTunes versions were restricted by.
I'm pretty sure the latest version doesn't have such limitations.
The only real way to find out is give it ago.
Coates719: Thanks for the article it was very helpful. Instead of importing all of my music into Itunes I just have Itunes pointing to my external drive so that it doesn't copy and/or convert my MP3 formats and I can still play the songs in Itunes. The way I did this was by reinstalling Itunes and deselecting Copy files to Itunes Music when adding to library. I now have over 180,000+ songs available to me in Itunes without using up my computers hard drive space. Thanks
P.S. to WHS: I learned alot from you to especially the minimizing of the media player that was really helpful! Thanks
This is an awesome site I'm glad I found it! And I'm sure I'll be back with more silly questions...keep up the good advise!
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