good question, chop
. Hmmm, i hope I'm not wrong here, but i thought .mpeg is basically the same as .mp3. What I mean is they both are compressed files used for music. IE & it's close neighbor the WMP version 8-9-or 10 kinda work together in winXPpro...I use it, too. The same dilemma exists when relying on MSPaint & My Pictures when it comes to the default .bmt and the chosen by me preference for .jpeg (or .jpg to others). I see only a few mistakenly done .bmp's comin' into My Pictures until I use the dropdown menu and convert to .jpeg and as soon as I do that (by habit, now) all the files I wantto see are shown. I've been wantin' to know how to set default to: .jpeg myself. Anyway, the .bmp extention is known as a Bitmap and the .jpg extention is known as a JPEG image. Sorta confusing and made mlore so by the way winXP shows you/does it "for you".
Back to your question. I found that I liked a standard .mp3 (an MPEG file?) for all my music. So, I had to get "audio conversion" software. Windows Media Player does just fine with playing .mp3. It will make it's
downloads/uploads .wma files, though. Then, for instance, unless you set preferences, iTunes will give 'em to you as AAC, which basically is .mp4. A standard CD comes as .wav, and takes up a lot more room on your disk. Standardization seemed to me to be the answer, having experimented with several apps (winamp is good, etc.)
This site offers free software that will allow you to convert them
all the way you
want, so your folders will not exclude some songs while showing you others.
The key is batch conversions, and some duplication of files may be optionally done if you like. Download the appropriate two additional audio codecs
which are small sorta plug-ins. You might find the Media Player they offer to be somewhat crisper and possibly utilizing your on-board audio hardware slightly better than either WMP or iTunes. The editing of file tags
is kinda why I use iTunes, partly because it's so darned funky doin' it in WMP & it requires an add-on that dbpoweramp wants a little bit o' money for (thePowerPack option). So, thats my work-around.
- I like WMP 10 for ease & it's cool visualizations
- I like iTunes w/o the Store to organize many GB's of .mp3 files with full editing and a big spreadsheet styles display of files/tunes. Also it's the easiest to make "playlist" CD's using your CD-RW with it's built in burn software.
- I need the dbpoweramp Music converter to allow them to play together.
- Some stuff sounds better with dbpoweramp Player given the common .mp3 format
- It's all good. I love the music & wouldn't have a PC without it available to me.
Other ways exist no doubt, and I'm always interested in hearin' about 'em.