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CNET Membership newsletter April 12, 2004 

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Dear CNET members:
Many of you suggested Apple iTunes for Randy's solution, and a great recommendation it is! However, I wasn't sure if he understood what is missing for those MP3 displays to appear, so I thought he needed an answer that would show him what's encoded in those files to make the magic happen. Below is this week's answer. Make sure you check out Maurice's full answer in the forums and our list of honorable mentions to last week's question. Thank you all for another week of great submissions! Hope this helps Randy out.

1 When I play certain MP3 songs that I've downloaded on my computer, they don't display the name of the song or artist. And it happens in both MusicMatch and Windows Media Player! Is there any way to fix this?

--Submitted by Randy M. of Babylon, NY

The information about a song (for example, the title of the song and name of the artist) is encoded into the song's file, in a section called the ID3 tag. When your app doesn't display the name or artist, it's because this info is missing in the file.

The solution is to edit this portion of the file. A lot of applications called ID3 tags editors exist that are basically tools that help you to create or modify the tags of your songs. More advanced ones let you work with multiple songs at the same time to quickly change them (such as for an album). A search on for "id3 tag editor" gives you 40 potential apps. Two that I find interesting are ID3-TagIT and Tag&Rename.

--Submitted by: Maurice D. of Montréal, Québec CANADA
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In Windows XP, is there a way to always get my files to display as a list when I open a folder? Now when I open a folder, I always get icons.

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