Having problems tith FLAC files.

I have successfully edited MP3 tags without trouble, however when I edit FLAC files using the same procedures I am having problems. I would like to put album art in individual FLAC files. I am making a compilation disk and would like for each song to display the album art that the song was ripped from. I start by removing the tag (clicking on the red x) and input the correct information and album art, I am sure to save each file when I am finished. While still in the Mp3tag program and everything displays fine as I scroll to each file, but when I play the FlAC file in Media player the unedited tag information is still being displayed. I am sure that I saved after every edit. As I said before if I use a mp3 file it works beautifully. . . . not so much for a FLAC file.


what media player are you using? With some they save metadata in their own database and one needs to clear/rescan etc. the files to get the new info (this would be true of things like itunes for example). Could be true of Windows Media Player (if that's what you are using). My suggestion would be to remove files from the media player database and then add the library back (so that tags are all rescanned)

I am using Win Media Player, but I do not believe the songs were ever in the media player database. After changing and saving the tags in Mp3tag I would go the the original flac file stored on my thumb drive and bouble click it to play in the thumbnail size media player window.

After your reply I opened Media player and can not find any of the edited songs in media player.

Depending on the WMP version it either scans through the assigned folders automatically or you can force it to do so. Press F3 and see if an "Update Library" dialogue opens.
If it does not then WMP indicates the scan process at the bottom of the window, next to the start button.
If you have edited files but have not modfied the path names then the quickest way to update the library is to delete the tracks from the library (tick "only from the library" in the confirmation dialogue) and immediately afterwards use Extras>Enhanced>Restore deleted objects. This re-reads the track information.
Also check the file system for hidden folder.jpg and albumartsmall.jpg files.
And there is a big cache folder in
%appdata%\Local\Microsoft\Media Player\Grafikcache.

In short: WMP is not the best reference test bed to check for modifications.

I could very well be wrong, but I was always under the assumption that WMP didn't even work with FLAC files (unless certain 3rd party plugins were added).

Thank you very much for responding. I will not be able to follow your direction until thursday (I have appointment at VA tomorow) Will post then

I just realized that I did not thank you for your first reply to my first post. I’m really sorry for that and do in fact appreciate any help that I can get.

You are correct about third party for WMP. I have used codecs from Xiph.Org to be able to play FLAC in WMP. I should have included this information in my first post. I did not’t because I did not think WMP was the problem, but after two responses focused on WMP I am now not so sure that WMP may have been the problem all along. After checking out ohrenkino’s suggestion, I think I will download a better player and try the music files out there. I think I will try VLM and see if they work better there.

Again Thanks!


You're welcome. VLC (I think you mean) is a good video player and will play audio, but it is not the greatest audio program frankly. I'd highly recommend foobar2000. It is a fantastic audio player. can be very simple (bit of a learning curve) but is also very flexible for almost anything one wants. And it will play virtually all known types of audio.

download program here:


Install the "codec" set from here if you want to use foobar2000 for encoding/ripping:

you'll need the mp3(lame) exe and dll from another source if you want to create mp3 files.

Also, I'd highly recommend using the component facet to give you some easily adjustable "database" views within foobar.