Working with MP3 and Other Audio Files
In a VisiTrax music library database, each track can optionally be linked to a corresponding audio file (such as MP3). When combined with Winamp (v5 or v2.9), this lets you do the following things:
Winamp is a freeware player for MP3 and other audio files. It is available for download at http://www.winamp.com. Winamp supports a large number of third-party plug-ins that add to its basic capabilities. VisiTrax complements Winamp with its ability to organize all your music media in one place, and with its powerful, filter-based music search capability.
Importing a Winamp Playlist
A Winamp playlist can be imported as a new VisiTrax volume. To do this:
If the playlist to be imported contains one or more duplicates of tracks already in your library database, VisiTrax will ask if you want to skip the duplicates. ("Duplicates" in this sense means tracks referring to the same audio file path.)
Propagating Audio File Links
To propagate audio file links from tracks already linked to audio files, to like-named tracks in the same library database, do this:
Link propagation will be limited to tracks with identical titles and artist names, and with reasonably similar playing times.
Updating Links to Moved Audio Files
If your linked-to audio files are spread among two or more directories, and you move some of the files from one such directory to another, the Update Audio File Links function described above will also update the file path information for your audio file links. It does this by checking whether each linked file's path is valid, and if not, it then looks for the same named file within those directories used by other linked-to audio files.
Removing Redundant Audio File Tracks
You may find that, after propagating audio file links from an imported Winamp playlist volume to other tracks in your database, there is no longer any reason to keep the imported audio file tracks around. For example, perhaps you have generated MP3 files from a CD in your library database, then imported the MP3 tracks from Winamp back into VisiTrax. You now have two entries for each track (the original CD track, and its MP3 copy). Or perhaps you have done this for 100 CDs (whew!).
Before removing the tracks you believe to be redundant, it would help to confirm that their links links did indeed propagate successfully to other tracks. This can be done by looking at the imported volume's contents with the Volume Contents view, and examining the Alt Source column (this is an "extra" column you'll probably need to bring into view). If a selected track's audio file link is also linked to from some other track in your library, this will appear in the Alt Source column for that track. If Alt Source is blank for a selected track, then its audio file link (if any) has not been propagated. (Again, automatic link propagation relies on identical titles and artist names, as well as closely matching playing times.)
Hint: To identify tracks that have audio file links, view the File Name column.
Playing Selected Audio File Tracks (or Volumes)
To initiate play for any selected track that contains an audio file link (or if in the Volumes view, for a selected volume's tracks), do any of the following:
If Winamp v5 (or v2.9) is installed, this will add the track (or the volume's tracks) to Winamp's playlist, and initiate play if not already playing. If Winamp is not installed, this will initiate play of a single track if a suitable player program has been associated with the audio file's type.
Playing all the Audio Files in a Playlist
VisiTrax's playlist capability can be used to very good advantage in conjunction with Winamp. You can create any number of saved playlists of tracks that are linked to audio files. When in the Playlist view, you can transfer its current playlist to Winamp's playlist by doing either of the following:
This will append your playlist's files to Winamp's playlist, in the exact sequence listed, and Winamp will begin playing them (if it's not already playing something). Duplicate tracks preceding the new set (other than the currently playing track) will be removed from Winamp's current playlist, but other tracks will remain in Winamp's playing queue.
Special File Path Considerations
To successfully queue audio files to Winamp or another player program, VisiTrax must retain complete pathnames in its own links to those files. This can be an important consideration in a few situations: