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Windows Media Player is stupid

Posted by atari2600land, 09 October 2018 · 107 views

So I finished the second song (MIDI) on my album and converted it to an MP3. But when I went to add it into Windows Media Player, it said it was 27:05. I was like "What?" All the other Windows programs that play music said it was around 27 minutes as well. So I went and started up Nero. It said a more sane time: 26:25. Which is what the MIDI program I programmed the music in said it was.
 
Why is Windows Media Player then saying it's 27:05 when it's actually 26:25? I've had discrepencies in music length with WMP before, so it's not like this is a fairly new thing, but 40 seconds' difference seems like a long time to be off by.
 
And with song #2 done, all I have to do is begin and make a third song. Song #2 is called "Music To Clip Your Toenails By". But if it takes you 26 minutes to clip your toenails, there's something wrong there. I don't know, I just thought to myself "There's no music to play when you clip your toenails. There's music to play at Christmas time, but none at toenail clipping time." So I rectified that situation.
 
Song #3 will be called "Lemons in August." I hoped to have this done by November, but I kept on not working on it, so I pushed it back to December. And since I work on like about a minute per day, that seems like mid-November is about right, Unless I don't work on it every day.






Are you encoding MP3 with a fixed or variable bitrate? If you're using variable, programs like WMP and others won't be able to know for certain how long your song is until it has finished playing. I don't think the MP3 format has a field for storing total length. If you encode with fixed bitrate - e.g. 128 kbit/s if you are sampling a sound card - you should get consistent results.

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I am using this online website: https://www.onlineco...com/midi-to-mp3

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Ok, it seems that "default" is a fixed bitrate of 128 kbit/s so it would eliminate that option. How about shorter songs, do you get consistent results with those so only really long ones will differentiate a little?

 

(Besides, I've never been close to a 26 minute composition - kudos to you!)

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A long time ago, I converted a YouTube video of Frank Zappa's "Billy the Mountain" to MP3. It was more than a few minutes off, so I think the shorter the song, the more correct it is.

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What MIDI program are you using?  I'm surprised it doesn't have an "export" function for MP3s.

 

Also, it could be that the conversion program slowed down the tempo a little bit, stretching the song slightly.  I suppose even a fraction variance would add up after 26 minutes, so the extra 40 seconds may be just that.

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