Someone recently gave us a Sanity CD voucher so we wandered into the store the other day to get a couple of music CDs. One of my earliest musical influences, pre-Zeppelin and Deep Purple, was Jim Reeves, one of Mum's favourites, so I decided it was long about time I indulged myself and picked up where I left off in about 1966. So there it was on the shelf, Jim Reeves' 'The Ultimate Collection', a snip at $30.99 with all the classic tracks, that had to be the one. To give you some idea of just how good Jim was, his 1966 hit, 'Distant Drums' went to number 1 in the British charts and stayed there for six weeks, fending off a string of Beatles songs. It stayed in the charts for 45 weeks but I digress.
If only life could be that simple. I slipped the first CD into the computer and ripped the tracks off into Windows Media Player. No problem. So then I slipped the second CD in and ripped the tracks off of that, at the end of which I still only had the songs off the first CD or rather I had the second set of songs but they had the first lot of file names. Very odd. After a lot of messing around I realised that I did actually have both CDs but some sort of index file on both CDs was the same. So then I started again, ripped the songs off the second CD, renamed them all and then ripped the songs off the first CD again. Eventually I ended up with all 40 songs on the computer. Nothing is straightforward is it ?
So there's either something wrong with the second CD or else it's the absolutely crappy Windows Media Player Version 11 which is the problem. It really is painful to use after Version 10. All I really want is a list of the songs on the computer but do you think I can stop it sorting the songs into albums and displaying album art ? No. Time to uninstall Version 11 and reinstall Version 10 methinks. Can you still get Winamp ?