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...And Relax 6 years 8 months ago RecklessMaverick

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...And Relax 6 years 8 months ago Rick Grunwald

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 4 months ago budchekov

rhiannon, what's the Windows Media Player ?
Is on my PC? How do I find it ? Nudge nudge;) ;) .. :)

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 4 months ago rhiannon

It's that thing that you replaced with...maybe VLC? ;)

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago classicggma65

MS is no longer supporting Media Player...it's not in Win 8 or Win10. If you have Win7 or Win 8.1 you should have it. Go to your Start and do a Search and that should find it. Check on the MS Windows site for info, esp before it's deleted by MS. Hope this helps.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

Thanks. :)
I have Windows 8.1 and Windows Media Player. I usually use VLC but sometimes I use WMP, and people here use it, so I ran into the problem.
 

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago classicggma65

Yup, I use my media player quite a bit. Am now starting to look for a viable substitute. My main question will be do I have to dnload all of my music into the new one or will there be an easier way. For a tech-challenged GGma I'm improving every day...I actually understand some of the comments now. Have a great day rhiannon.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

Thank you so much for the kind words. :)

Are you looking into other software to play your music, or another option?

You have a great day/night too (depending on what part of the planet you're on). :)

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago classicggma65

Sorry it took so long to answer...have just started looking at other software. Don't know anything about other options, so am open to suggestions...

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago imscottb

My host file does not have the "redir.metaservices.microsoft.com" with either group of numbers next to it. I use Windows 7. My WMP does have problems finding album information.
Thanks for the tips.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. :)

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 10 months ago OldCountryMusicFan

The problem for me on this is that the address shown on the find album info box isn't the one you mentioned that I've always seen in the past, instead it has this one: musicmatch-ssl.xboxlive.com, now I honestly have no clue how this gotten changed. HELP!!!!! If it helps it's Windows 10 Dell

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 10 months ago rhiannon

Following the directions above, go into the HOSTS file, delete the line musicmatch-ssl.xboxlive.com and add this line:
2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com

Save and replace the HOSTS file as outlined above. That should do it.

I would create a copy of the HOSTS file (maybe rename it HOSTSold) and save it somewhere just in case you need to restore it.

My guess is that a program changed the directory for finding album information.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 10 months ago OldCountryMusicFan

NOPE!! Didn't work!!

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 10 months ago rhiannon

This line is in the HOSTS file?
2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 10 months ago OldCountryMusicFan

I added it, it actually didn't have this or that other address listed. It wasn't doing this until like a week or something ago when windows did an update. I don't know what they did, but they did a good'en!! LOL

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 10 months ago rhiannon

I have similar odd issues with Windows 10. Since the last update I can't open .jpg's. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent at the admin command prompt doing stuff, associating programs with file types, changing the open with, changing file permissions, uninstalling, reinstalling, all in vain. Sigh. From the amount of people posting about it various places, I'm not the only one, and it's been an issue for a long time.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 6 months ago physicscholar

When I open my hosts file, I see "This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Window" and no lines not #ed out. Is there another file I should be looking for?

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 6 months ago rhiannon

That's a usual entry for the HOSTS file. What has been happening is that the entry that Windows Media Player uses to get album information disappears.

You can manually add the line to the HOSTS file using the directions above, or you can reset the HOSTS file using the directions at this Microsoft article - it has directions for Windows 7 and earlier, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. It may restore the entry, I haven't tested it yet, it's a recent find and I haven't had time.

I wiped everything out of my HOSTS file about 6 weeks ago on Windows 8.1 because the problem recurred and I wanted to see what would happen with no entries in the HOSTS file and Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player hasn't had any trouble finding album data even on older music ever since. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm waiting to see if the issue repeats. I don't usually use Windows Media Player (I use VLC) but I check to see if it's retrieving album information pretty regularly.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 2 days ago musicalcat

My host file does not have the redir.metaservices.microsoft.com line, can I just add it somewhere? Here's what the file looks like.

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 2 years 2 days ago rhiannon

Yes, you can add the entry 2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com to the HOSTS file.

Directions here for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27350/beginner-geek-how-to-edit-your-hos...

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 11 months ago Kimberly Vincent

Tried the above instructions for adding the 2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com to the hosts file, without difficulty following the instructions until i got to the following:

Copy the file back to the original folder (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\).
Delete the .txt extension on the hosts file

Was not apparent to me how to do this in Windows 7, e.g. how to copy the file back into the original folder, other than right-clicking "copy" over 2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com. When I did, couldn't find anyplace to copy to, and and didn't see any .txt extensions on any files anywhere. Could you be more specific on how to copy the file back to the original folder? Was I in the original folder when I was in the "Hosts" file where I typed 2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com? And where would I find the .txt extention? Does it get put on the file when I "saved" it (no option given where to "save" when I hit "save", nothing popped up anywhere that I could see), and does it end up somewhere else other than in the "hosts" file? Thanks.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 11 months ago rhiannon

Sorry I wasn't clearer.

In Windows Explorer, navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ folder.
Click on the HOSTS file (may or may not be capitalized).

When you're asked what program you want to open the file with, choose Notepad.

Once the HOSTS file has been opened in Notepad and you've made any changes, the file has to be saved.
Go to the File menu at the top of the window and select Save As...
Notepad will ask to save it as hosts and as a .txt file - click Save
(Notepad automatically saves all files as .txt files)

Notepad will want to save the file to the original location:
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

If you try to save the file to the original location (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\), you'll get a message saying the file can't be saved to that location, and probably asking if you want to save it to Documents instead.
(I'm not running Windows 7 so the specifics may be a bit different but they will be in approximately the same place with similar wording)
Since the file can't be saved in the original location, save the file as hosts.txt in a location where you can find it again like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc.

If you saved it to the Desktop, go to the to Desktop, right click on the file and select Copy.

If you've saved it to another location, use Windows Explorer to open the folder where the saved file is located.
Highlight the file. From the File menu at the top, select File then Copy. You can also right click the file and choose Copy.

Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ folder using Windows Explorer.
From the File menu at the top, select Paste. You can also right click inside the window where the files are listed and choose Paste.
You may need to provide permission to save the file to that folder.
Once the file is pasted, it should appear as hosts.txt in the window.

Right click on host.txt file. Select Rename. Delete the file extension, the part that says .txt.
Hit Enter.
You'll probably get a message saying that changing the file extension may make it unusable, and asking if you want to change it. Click Yes.
If you get another message asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to the file, select Yes.

The file name should now say hosts with no extension such as .txt listed.
Exit Windows Explorer by going to the File menu and select Close, or close the folder using the X in the upper right corner of the window. That's it.




 

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 9 months ago John-Y128

MS has discontinued their MetaData Service for Win 7, as of 01-2019.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4488539/changes-metadata-services-windows-media-center-media-player

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 9 months ago rhiannon

That's good to know, thanks for letting us know.. :)

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 3 months ago cryofreeze666

using windows 7 having problems with the info as the article states, followed your instructions but this is what showed up.
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

i then went and saved it to my desktop after adding the line
# 2.18.213.82 redirmetasevices.microsoft.com

when i go to save it it gives me two choices,
save as type: text documents (*.txt), or all files , the encoding is ANSI.
i get a message that reads
c: windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.text
you don't have permission to save in this location.
contact the administrator to obtain permission

then it asks me if i would like to save to my documents instead.
i am the system administrator, i am in my administrator account. i don't use this account, unless i'm installing programs that i want to be accessed from any other windows account or guest account. so why am i not allowed access, or do i have to enter through the area where i shut down drivers to do this?

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

I would save it to Documents, and after move it to the desktop if you want - it doesn't have to be on the desktop. You can do the same thing with the file in any folder.

If you can't save to the desktop, one reason could your anti-virus software is preventing it. You can disable it and try it, and if that's not the issue, something here may help:

https://lmgtfy.com/?q=windows+7+you+don%2527t+have+permission+to+save+in+this+location+contact+the+administrator+to+obtain+permission&s=l&qtype=search&ovr=1

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 1 week ago hmazuji

this looks suspect
a reverse address lookup for 2.18.213.82
results in
akamaitechnologies.com

so i feel like either this article is not current, or there's something you're not telling us
btw, if you can find a third party redirect to fix the problem with internet backgammon and spades, i'd be interested in hearing about it

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 1 week ago rhiannon

This the address in the article:
2.18.213.82 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com

I'm not sure what problem you're referencing with internet backgammon and spades.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 1 week ago hmazuji

as many people have commented, it's too bad there's no paste for images so we can include screenshots, but let's try this:
C:\Users\hmazuji>nslookup 2.18.213.82

Name: a2-18-213-82.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com
Address: 2.18.213.82

the ip address is a redirect to akamaitechnologies
==============================================
as for internet backgammon and spades, i am referring to
win 7 games, and microsoft taking their game server offline,
so, in this case, yes, i would like to find out if anyone else
is able to host the m.s. games server

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 1 week ago rhiannon

I don't know what to tell you about reverse look up of the address. In a browser it resolves to an invalid URL. If used as directed it resolves and issue with Windows Media Player.
The URL akamaitechnologies.com returns a server IP address could not be found message. If there's something in the information or the article that makes you uncomfortable or you feel is dangerous, don't use the information. In any case, Akamai underlies a good percentage (15% to 30%) of all web traffic.

As to the game server not working, Microsoft shut down their Internet Games server (Windows XP, ME, 7) on January 22, 2020.
Farewell to Microsoft Internet Games on Windows XP, Windows ME, and Windows 7
 

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 4 days ago hmazuji

microsoft has taken down their media player metadata servers

see
fai.music.metaservices.microsoft.com is down ... and is likely to stay that way
Microsoft has decided to discontinue providing metadata for Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center for Windows 7 and 8.1

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/faimusicmetaservicesmicrosoftcom-is-down-and-is/a2f99b7a-90c8-4c4f-872e-3e0e9015a40d

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 4 days ago hmazuji

the bottom line

all this is a mute point as:
fai.music.metaservices.microsoft.com service down forever
see https://borncity.com/win/2019/07/01/fai-music-metaservices-microsoft-com-service-down-forever/

and
fai.music.metaservices.microsoft.com is down ... and is likely to stay that way
see https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/faimusicmetaservicesmicrosoftcom-is-down-and-is/a2f99b7a-90c8-4c4f-872e-3e0e9015a40d

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 year 4 days ago rhiannon

I think it will stay that way, they don't include Windows Media Player in Windows 10.

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