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WMP Tag Plus Version History

Version 2.12 (November 12, 2021)

  • Fixed: "One of the core components of WMP Tag Plus is missing or failed to load properly" error message at Windows Media Player startup on Windows 11, as well as on newer versions of Windows 10.


Version 2.11 (October 30, 2020)

  • New: since Windows Media Player on Windows 10 appears to be designed to never write any FLAC tag changes to file, WMP Tag Plus now overrides this behavior and forces Windows Media Player to write the changes to file after all. A corresponding new setting (which is enabled by default) has been added to the Advanced tab of the plug-in's settings.
  • Fixed: the tag support added by WMP Tag Plus didn't work anymore since the May 2020 Update of Windows 10 (version 2004).
  • Fixed: on high DPI displays, the WMP Tag Plus settings dialog appeared oversized when being opened from Windows Media Player's Options dialog.
  • Windows 10 includes native Ogg Vorbis support but its tagging capabilities are very limited: only a small subset of tags is supported, such as duration and bitrate. Because of this, WMP Tag Plus now overrides the native Ogg Vorbis tagging support in Windows Media Player with its own tagging support while the plug-in is active.
  • WMP Tag Plus now shows a warning at Windows Media Player startup if Write media information changes in Windows Media Player's Library options is turned off, and offers you to turn it back on. This warning can be disabled by the user. Note that when choosing to turn the setting back on, WMP Tag Plus needs to restart Windows Media Player for the change to take effect.
  • Fixed: memory leak when using the Refresh song tags functionality.
  • Fixed: non-responding user interface when using a laptop pointing stick or touchpad to scroll the credits on the WMP Tag Plus About tab.


Version 2.10 (July 19, 2018)

  • Fixed: "Windows Media Player is not installed properly and must be reinstalled" error at Windows Media Player startup in the Spring Creators Update of Windows 10.
  • Fixed: compatibility issue with Symantec Endpoint Protection software.
  • Fixed: various small memory leaks.


Version 2.9 (January 7, 2017)

  • Fixed: in newer versions of Windows 10, the tag support added by WMP Tag Plus didn't work anymore.


Version 2.8 (October 29, 2016)

  • Fixed: Windows Media Player would hang when scrolling the credits on the WMP Tag Plus About tab if the system had been running for 25 days or more. This bug was introduced in version 2.7.


Version 2.7 (September 11, 2016)

  • Fixed: possible "Assertion failed" error when WMP Tag Plus tried to read the tags of an MPEG-4 file that was tagged by Windows 10's File Explorer or Windows Media Player. Fix contributed by Dan Hinsley.
  • Fixed: in newer Windows 10 builds, the (superfluous) Apple Lossless support was visible again in settings where it should stay hidden.
  • Fixed: memory leak when writing embedded album art to Ogg Vorbis files.
  • Added a fix for Windows Media Player 12 leaking memory while it reads embedded album art, more information here. This fix was actually already present in earlier versions of WMP Tag Plus, but required a registry change to become enabled. It's now visible in settings (on the Advanced tab), and enabled by default for new installations.
  • After adding new file extensions in WMP Tag Plus settings while the plug-in is disabled, the user is now still asked to restart Windows Media Player when the plug-in gets enabled at a later time in the same Windows Media Player instance.
  • Removed .aac from the default list of supported file extensions (this only affects new installations).
  • Updated the included TagLib library to version 1.10.


Version 2.6 (August 15, 2015)

  • Support for Windows Media Player 12 on the final (RTM) release of Windows 10.
  • On Windows 10, the plug-in now disables and hides its Apple Lossless support since it's not needed anymore there (Microsoft has added native support).


Version 2.5 (March 29, 2015)

  • New: support for reading/writing star ratings in FLAC and Ogg Vorbis files.
  • New: support for reading/writing star ratings in MPEG-4 files (Windows Media Player 11 only). This is compatible with the native MPEG-4 star rating support in Windows Media Player 12.
  • New: when adding new file extensions in WMP Tag Plus settings, the user is now asked to restart Windows Media Player for the changes to take effect. After the restart, WMP Tag Plus will scan all library locations again, so that existing files with the new extensions get added to the media library.
  • New: the aforementioned scan of all library locations is also performed when WMP Tag Plus has just been installed, and has also been added to the existing Refresh song tags scan.
  • Fixed: broken plug-in functionality on Windows 8.1 after installation of several Windows Updates. Special thanks to rv2798 and dynaxer for reporting.
  • Fixed: with WMP Tag Plus disabled, the usual warning at Windows Media Player startup didn't appear if the Comodo Firewall software was installed.
  • To prevent possible loss of all tags in a music file (as caused by an overzealous Windows Media Player, especially on Windows 8), WMP Tag Plus now ignores all tag delete requests for files whose duration isn't known yet in the library. Such files can be 'fixed' by using Refresh song tags in settings, after which all tag writes are allowed again.


Version 2.2 (November 29, 2013)

  • Fixed: when trying to access the WMP Tag Plus settings while the plug-in was disabled, either the settings didn't appear or Windows Media Player crashed.
  • Fixed: possible broken Apple Lossless support on Windows 8. Special thanks to Ralph Knox for reporting.
  • Fixed: WMP Tag Plus didn't retrieve the duration of MPEG-4 files not containing any tags.
  • Fixed: "Failed to set data for 'PerceivedType'" error on Windows Media Player startup in some circumstances.
  • When installing WMP Tag Plus on Windows 7 or 8 with Windows Media Player Plus! already installed, MPEG-4 tag support was still disabled by default to prevent compatibility issues present in older versions of WMP Tag Plus. Because these issues have already been fixed in WMP Tag Plus 2.0, MPEG-4 tag support is now always enabled by default.
  • Updated the included TagLib library to version 1.8. This, for one, means that WMP Tag Plus can now also read the audio properties (duration, bitrate etc.) of Musepack SV8 files.


Version 2.1 (June 2, 2012)

  • Fixed: crash when closing Windows Media Player after it had been opened by double-clicking a video file in Windows 7's Video library. Special thanks to Lieuandy for reporting and for testing the fix.


Version 2.0 (May 13, 2012)

  • New: support for reading/writing embedded album art in FLAC, Vorbis and MPEG-4 files.
  • New: library album art support for all formats. This also fixes the "Album art can't be changed when a song from the album is in use" error message when pasting album art in Windows Media Player 12's library.
  • New: Monkey's Audio (.ape) and Musepack (.mpc) tag support.
  • New: Apple Lossless (ALAC) support for Windows Media Player 12, allowing Apple Lossless .m4a files to be added to the Music section of the media library. Before this, Apple Lossless files were always added to Other media by Windows Media Player 12. Special thanks to John Lockwood for testing.
    (Note: Apple Lossless is still supported on older Windows Media Player versions too.)
  • New: Refresh song tags function. WMP Tag Plus can scan the library for untagged songs of the newly supported formats and re-add these songs to the library to refresh their tags, freeing the user from having to do this manually. This scan can be initiated from settings, but will also run once after a clean install of the plug-in.
  • If the WMP Tag Plus plug-in is disabled, it will now show a warning at Windows Media Player startup, to prevent untagged songs in the library and tag changes not getting saved to file. This warning can be turned off again easily.
  • MPEG-4 tag support now reads/writes the Publisher, Data provider and Date created tags as well. This is done using the same format as the native MPEG-4 tag support in Windows 7 and later. Special thanks to ErikSka for reverse engineering this format and for providing the necessary code.
  • Fixed: when a song was started on Windows Media Player 12 before WMP Tag Plus had loaded, the tag support for that song's format was not functional until after a Windows Media Player restart.
  • Fixed: on Windows Media Player 12, it was possible that changes in file extension and tag format settings only took effect after restarting Windows Media Player.
  • Fixed: changes in the plug-in's settings possibly didn't get saved when the user hadn't switched to the Formats tab.
  • Fixed: MPEG-4 tag support wasn't compatible with filenames containing Unicode characters.
  • Fixed: the Beats per minute (BPM) tag didn't get read or written.
  • Fixed: WMP Tag Plus always tried to show its settings window on the first Windows Media Player run after install, even when Windows Media Player was running invisibly in the background (such as is the case with Windows Media Center). This also caused 'unauthorized window' errors in the event log while using a Windows Media Center Extender. Special thanks to schottjy for reporting and for testing the fix.
  • Support for Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 8.
  • Updated the included TagLib library to version 1.7.
  • Updated the included MP4v2 library to revision 483.


Version 1.2 (February 12, 2010)

  • Fixed: possible crash while accessing the file properties of a media file from within Windows Media Player 11.


Version 1.1 (November 7, 2009)

  • Fixed: WMP Tag Plus failed to correctly write tag changes to certain FLAC files.
  • Updated the included TagLib to version 1.6.1, which fixes some other small bugs.


Version 1.0 (October 22, 2009)

  • First public release.


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