Windows Media Player 12: Playing Ogg Audio Files

Does Windows Media Player 12 support OGG audio file? I guess no cause there are many cases online that WMP failed to play OGG files:

"I’ve ripped the majority of my music collection in .OGG Vorbis format, and I’ve installed the DirectShow filters and codecs from the website. When I select “Play with Windows Media Player” or “Add to Now Playing List” from the context menu on the containing directory, it only opens Windows Media Player without adding any of the media files."

Why Can’t Windows Media Player 12 Play Ogg Files?

By default Windows Media Player 12 doesn’t support the Ogg Vorbis audio format. In fact, compared to more modern programs like VLC Media Player and Foobar2000, Microsoft’s jukebox program doesn’t support many audio formats out of the box.

This is because it doesn’t have the right codec in order to decode audio which has been compressed with the Vorbis format. So, if you’ve got files ending in .ogg or .oga then WMP 12 won’t know what to do with these. If you’ve already tried playing Ogg Vorbis files, then you’ll probably have seen WMP 12 complain (via a pop up message) that it had a problem — it then promptly refuses to do anything more.

To get Ogg files supported in WMP 12/8/7, you can of course use an alternative media player, but what if you want to stay with WMP 12? How do you get it to play Ogg files? You have two options: 1. install the codec; 2. convert OGG format.

Method 1: Adding Support For Ogg Files

The solution is to install a codec that can decode files in the Ogg Vorbis format. There are plenty of codec packs that you can download and install, but these often add a lot more codecs (including video) on your system than you actually need.

If you just want to add support for Ogg, then all you need to do is use the appropriate DirectShow filter.

Once installed on your computer, Windows Media Player (and any other DirectShow compatible player) will be able to use this filter.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to Xiph.org’s download page.
  2. Look in the Binaries section and download the Open Codec installer. As well as adding support for Ogg Vorbis, this installer also includes codecs for Speex, Theora, FLAC, and WebM too.
  3. Once downloaded, run the opencodecs executable file.
  4. Click Next on the first screen.
  5. Read the license agreement and then click the I Agree button.
  6. Click Next if you are happy with the default destination folder. Alternatively, use the Browse button to choose a different folder.
  7. To install all the codecs in the pack and set up the necessary file associations for WMP, click Next.
  8. Choose a menu start folder from the list, or just click Install to go with the default path.
  9. Wait for the codecs to be installed and then click Finish.
  10. Restart your computer.

Testing Windows Media Player 12 Ogg Playback

  1. When Windows is back up and running, go to the folder on your hard drive where the ogg files are located.
  2. Double-click on a file to test.

If everything is set up correctly, Windows Media Player 12 should automatically run and start playing the Ogg file you selected.

Method 2: Convert OGG to WMP 12 For Playing

 A large number of audio conversion software packages exist for converting these OGG to WMP, mp3, or anything else that WMP will play natively. Be aware that converting already compressed files may degrade their quality. Much of the conversion software will require the above codecs to be installed. Conversion may make sense if you ultimately wanting to share your music with devices such as the iPhone that does not support the OGG formats.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is recommended here. With this OGG converter you can convert OGG audio files to a variety of audio formats such as MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, AC3, MKA, etc. On the other hand, it also can convert any audio format to OGG files. It can extract OGG files from MP4/MKV/WMV/AVI, etc video, even Blu-ray and DVD movies. Meanwhile, it also can directly rip Blu-ray and DVD to WMA or WMV for WMP and convert video to WMA or WMV for WMP.

Free download and install 
 

Step 1: Add OGG files to the audio converter by clicking "File" at the top of the interface.

Step 2: Choose MWA audio from the "Common Audio" catelog from "Format".

Tips: you can click "Settings" to adjust audio codec, channel, sample rate and bitrate.

Step 3: Press on "Convert" to start to convert OGG files to WMP 12 supported WMA audio.

After the conversion, you can locate the generated WMA audio files in output folder then add the WMA audio files to WMP playlist to enjoy the audio.

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