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#1 wendyjackson

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 08:00 PM

Hey all... 

I have backing tracks ( I have Bought) on file in my pc that I use for my gigs.... have been trying to download them to usb..

so I can put most together in sets for gigs... when I tried to play...it told me file not supported :(

 

 

The thing is.... win10 "Groove" changes it to only be played in their format ?  (encoded by Itunes?)

Is there anyway to get around this as I am pulling my hair out .....and I have bought the backings   

I dont use itunes? 

 

Any help would be appreciated x

 



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 08:51 PM

you could simply right click on the file you want to open, click open with, select choose other app/program and select the proper program you want to open the file with



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 09:06 PM

Download and Install VLC

 

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 09:46 PM

Download and Install VLC

 

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OP stated they use their own program for gigs to play files

 

 

Hey all... 

I have backing tracks ( I have Bought) on file in my pc that I use for my gigs.... have been trying to download them to usb..

so I can put most together in sets for gigs... when I tried to play...it told me file not supported :(

 



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 11:21 PM

Hey all... 

I have backing tracks ( I have Bought) on file in my pc that I use for my gigs.... have been trying to download them to usb..

so I can put most together in sets for gigs... when I tried to play...it told me file not supported :(

 

 

The thing is.... win10 "Groove" changes it to only be played in their format ?  (encoded by Itunes?)

Is there anyway to get around this as I am pulling my hair out .....and I have bought the backings   

I dont use itunes? 

 

Any help would be appreciated x

 

 

My assumption is that wendyjackson (and btw Welcome to BC, Wendy !!!!) is attempting to play the tracks/music files on windows 10.

 

Groove is the default music player on win 10.

 

It is known that that player will not cover/play all formats

 

Therefore......VLC (it plays most known formats)

 

If i have assumed incorrectly, then I am sure wendy will set me straight.   :)

 

 

and......the question posed in your topic's title......re Cortana....

 

 

How to disable Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft actually makes the process pretty simple.

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The crucial Settings section of Cortana’s Notebook. You want to disable the top option. (Click on any image in this article to enlarge it.)

Open Cortana, click the Notebook icon in its left-hand options pane, then select Settings from the list. A bunch of options will appear. You’ll want to slide “Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more” to off, which disables the assistant on the PC and removes all locally stored data she knows about you.

But you’re not necessarily done yet.

Because Cortana’s brains are based in the cloud, you’ll likely want to wipe your data from Microsoft’s servers as well. To do so, click the “Manage what Cortana knows about me in the cloud” link. Your primary browser will open to your personalization settings page in Bing. You’ll want to press the Clear buttons in the “Clear personal info” and “Other Cortana data and personalized speech, inking and typing” sections. If you initially allowed Cortana access to your location info, consider following the link to Bing Maps to wipe that, as well.

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Bing’s privacy options allow you to erase Cortana’s memory at the server level.

Feel free to peruse the rest of the options if you want to clear data from other Microsoft services as well. If you’re this concerned about sharing data with the company, you may also want to open the Start menu and head to Settings > Privacy to peruse all the other ways you may be sending information to Redmond, as well as the “Sync your settings” submenu in Start menu > Settings > Accounts.

What you’ll miss, what you’ll keep

And with that you’re done! The search area remains in the Windows taskbar sans Cortana’s “Ask me anything” verbiage, but be warned: You won’t be able to use any of its Cortana-enabled services, like setting reminders, getting personalized news, receiving up-to-date travel info, or asking goofy questions.

You will, however, be able to search for files, system settings, and terms as before. (Oddly, if you search for a general term—like “Windows 10”—files related to the term won’t appear unless you manually click the “My stuff” button at the bottom of the web search suggestions.) That said, you won’t be able to tap Cortana’s smarts to perform natural language queries like “Find pictures from June” either, so narrowing down file search results may take a bit more work.

If you ever change your mind and bring the digital assistant back to life via the search settings, don’t worry: Cortana will welcome you back with open arms.


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fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

 

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 09:18 AM

Hey all... 

I have backing tracks ( I have Bought) on file in my pc that I use for my gigs.... have been trying to download them to usb..

so I can put most together in sets for gigs... when I tried to play...it told me file not supported :(

 

 

The thing is.... win10 "Groove" changes it to only be played in their format ?  (encoded by Itunes?)

Is there anyway to get around this as I am pulling my hair out .....and I have bought the backings   

I dont use itunes? 

 

Any help would be appreciated x

 

 

 

Groove does NOT change the format of a stored file. Groove only changes the format of a file that you open with Groove to a file format that Groove can play, but it leaves the original file format the same. Groove does not alter the stored file.

 

You might be having an issue that is unrelated to Groove because moving a file from an attached hard drive to a USB stick should be a simple matter of click and drag.

 

I hope that you get your issues figured out, we are all here to help.

 

As far as music players go, I use foobar2000, it is a free music player that sounds very natural.


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Posted 15 May 2016 - 09:19 AM

 

Download and Install VLC

 

HERE   

OP stated they use their own program for gigs to play files

 

 

Hey all... 

I have backing tracks ( I have Bought) on file in my pc that I use for my gigs.... have been trying to download them to usb..

so I can put most together in sets for gigs... when I tried to play...it told me file not supported :(

 

 

 

 

Actually, the OP never claimed that. I read her post very carefully.

 

To the OP, what file format is this that you are having problems with?


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Posted 15 May 2016 - 10:02 AM

I am very curious as to what your problem is because I just spent a bunch of time poking around the Backing Tracks website and everything that I see is MP3 files http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/

 

If you could provide some screen shots it will help the folks here to understand your problem.


Edited by Rocky Bennett, 15 May 2016 - 10:03 AM.

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 08:05 PM

Ok I'm back sorry havn't answered...I have totally new pc now... was putting it "together"

 

I have approx 300 tracks that i wanted to take off cd/dvd and put onto USB flash format

(doesn't take up much space) when I tried to put them onto flash they moved there

(and went to cortana format) but when i tried to play said it wasn't supported...

so hopefully I can do that now...by using another player? VLC is ok ?

 

and yes they are all mp3's   but for some reason wouldn't play 

 

hope this clarifies a lil better 

 

Thank you all and sorry about the delay in responding..x


Edited by wendyjackson, 17 May 2016 - 08:07 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 11:27 PM

I successfully removed both Cortana and Grove from my Win 10 Computers using the Uninstall tool in Tools of CC Cleaner which can be downloaded for free.  I personally still use Winamp for MP3 playback in Win 10.  If you do decide to use CC Cleaner it is not recommended to Use the Registry Cleaner that is included.


Edited by dustyjay, 17 May 2016 - 11:29 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 05:56 AM

Ok I'm back sorry havn't answered...I have totally new pc now... was putting it "together"

 

I have approx 300 tracks that i wanted to take off cd/dvd and put onto USB flash format

(doesn't take up much space) when I tried to put them onto flash they moved there

(and went to cortana format) but when i tried to play said it wasn't supported...

so hopefully I can do that now...by using another player? VLC is ok ?

 

and yes they are all mp3's   but for some reason wouldn't play 

 

hope this clarifies a lil better 

 

Thank you all and sorry about the delay in responding..x

 

 

What ripping software are you using? You need to rip the information from the CDs and or DVDs, but there are different types of software used in each case. Good luck ripping the information from the DVDs, that requires specific software. Please post what kind of software you are using.

 

Also, there is no such thing as Cortana format. Cortana has nothing at all to do with ripping or converting audio files, it is simply a personal assistant that CAN enable other software to do specific things when asked. Cortana will never do anything to an audio file, ever.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:11 AM

I am so sorry wendyjackson, but I actually just spent a whole hour trying to find some software for your project and I came back empty. The reason why I took such an interest in your project is because I am an audiophile and I use my computer for many different kinds of audio projects. I have a lot of expensive software on my computer for different audio related tasks, but I could not find any software that can extract an mp3 file from a CD or a DVD.

 

So I started Googling this exact situation and I came up empty. It seems that there really is no way to extract an MP3 file from a CD or DVD unless you convert it to a data file. Once it is a data file you might be able to find some software to re-convert it back to an MP3 file, but even that search was fruitless. Usually MP3 files are used from the source, not after they have been burned. If you can find the source of the MP3 files then there are many different free software tools that I can recommend to help you, but you need to find the source file for these MP3s.

 

Good luck with your project.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:54 AM

Here I am, back again. Just in case I missed something from my last fruitless Google search I rephrased the query different ways to try to find some software that might be able to extract MP3 files from a CD or a DVD. I again came up empty.

 

My advice to you wendy is to start new threads (plural) and separate your issues into separate threads. Because your audio issues have nothing to do with Cortana, set up a separate thread for your concerns regarding Cortana. As far as Groove Music app, just don't use it. I have been using Windows 10 for about 14 months now and I have used Grove music exactly zero times. It is useless.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 11:48 AM

Rocky,

 

          I agree that separate threads are needed.

 

          I still don't get what the problem is here if a collection of MP3 files has been burned to disc *as* a collection of MP3 data files, and not converted to, for instance, CD Audio (cda) as part of the process.

 

          There are lots of programs, Windows Media Player among them, that will rip MP3 files from CDs, but you are right that they read the original CD audio and convert same to an MP3 on a track by track basis.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:46 PM

Brian, I just grabbed a random album from my collection and converted into MP3 and then I loaded the CD into my drawer. This is what I did. I opened up the CD with Microsoft's file explorer and then clicked "select all" and then just dragged the MP3s into a newly created file on my hard drive. No software was needed, just Microsoft's standard file explorer.

 

Thank you Brian. I jst learned a little bit about MP3 files.

 

To the OP, just use file explorer and DO NOT use any music player.


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