I’m running Windows XP Pro SP2 on my computer, and ripping music tracks to mp3 using CDex. I play the tracks using Windows Music Player (v9). I’m having a problem when I copy or move the music files or folders within “My Music” on the computer. I suspect it relates to the Windows XP settings, not the CDex or WMP programs.
When I rip selected music tracks from a CD, they are stored in the “My Music” folder. For each album, two folders are created automatically: one is the folder containing the tracks, and the other is a folder containing the playlist.
The problem arises when I try to copy or move these folders to any other location - even when I move them into a sub-folder within “My Music”.
The “original” folders and files stored by CDex in “My Music” carry full title details (Artist and Album Title for each album-folder, and Artist and Track Title for each track-file).
But when I copy or move them, any folder and file titles over 19 characters long are chopped to a cryptic abbreviation. Thus a folder titled “Retrospective - The Best of Buffalo Springfield” might become “RETRO~1”, and any tracks within it which also have long titles will be similarly changed. I can click the option to Rename, but this will still only limit each title to 19 characters.
It seems bizarre that my computer can accept and show the full-length artist-name and track-titles when the tracks are first placed in “My Music”, but can’t keep them when I copy the files to another folder still within “My Music”. How can I re-set things so that I can actually keep the full file or folder title? Is there some setting within XP that I have to tweak?