I recently installed MusicBrainz Picard to edit tags in my music files that had been created under Wiindows Media Player (WMP). What happened was that I had made many corrections to my tags using WMP. When I moved to a new computer all of these changes were lost because they existed in the WMP database and were not actually part of the .wav files. I found the title of the first track of nearly all of my CDs had disappeared and these tracks had been recatagorized to “unknown albums”. If I had entered all the track titles for a CD by hand in WMP, they were all gone. It was big work given about 500 CD folders to fix this, but MusicBrainz was an ideal tool. The “Tools” / “tags from filenames” feature saved me. They are all fixed to my satisfaction now.
My question is this: Are these files safe from Windows Media Player now? Are the tags now actually part of the .wav files meta data? Should I write protect these files? I have disabled WMP’s ability to access the internet. Will this prevent it from making unwanted changes to my files?