Old 11th January 2007, 15:51   #1
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In what directory and file is the Media Library Stored?

I am using WinAmp 5.31 on WinXP. Two questions:

1. Where is the directory and file that the media library is stored in?

2. If I uninstall and/or upgrade WinAmp to a new version, will that media library be preserved?

Yes, I know how to export it to a M3U file. That is not what I am after.

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Old 11th January 2007, 16:04   #2
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winamp.ini, studio.xnf, gen_ml.ini, reg entries, backups etc

Backing-up Media Library database/ratings/playcounts:

Basically, "Winamp\plugins\gen_ml.ini" is the ml config file, and the database is stored in the "Winamp\plugins\ml" dir (main.dat & main.idx are the main database, but it's probably best to backup the entire ml dir)


As from 5.5, the Winamp installer is now hard-coded to save/read settings in the %AppData%\Winamp folder.

%AppData% under 2k/XP
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Winamp\

%AppData% Under Vista:

Note that the %AppData% folder is hidden by default, so make sure you can view hidden files and folder first via Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab.

Though you can just type %AppData%\Winamp into the Explorer address bar and hit Enter.

You can change back to having a shared settings installation again (so that settings are saved/read in the Program Files\Winamp folder again instead) by simply deleting paths.ini from the root Winamp program dir (or move it to some backup folder, or rename to eg. paths.ini.off).
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Old 12th January 2007, 04:28   #3
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Thanks. That is what I needed to know.

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