I have thousands of WMA and MP3 files plus some more recent bits I've bought from iTunes. How do people go about managing all of this?
I prefer the Windows Media Player interface - iTunes is a bit slow and bloatware like and if I add all the files into that it seems to want to spend a few days converting them all - plus I can't sync from iTunes into my smartphone, but I can sync playlists in Media Player, so that's the thing to use I think (my iPod shuffle died a death a while back but iTunes files are only a fraction of my library anyway)
What puzzles me is that my smartphone plays all the iTunes stuff without problems, but what I've ended up doing is having one folder set for iTunes and one for everything else. To sync iTunes files I have to go into the file system and drag and drop the files to the phone manually.
On our Windows 7 laptop iTunes files actually open in Media Centre by default if you double click on them, but on my Vista machine WMP doesn't even recognise them.
Is it at all possible to bring the iTunes files into Media Player and use that as the single interface?
Finally some really rare stuff is on YouTube which I can download via Real Player. I have a feeling that the Nero software I have might be capable of converting those files into audio files for WMP, or I guess I could buy the pay for version of Real Player.
Is there an easier way of doing all of this?