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    Winamp slow when loading playlists and 'jumping to file'

    I have a playlist of all my music ~18000 songs and when I load this list winamp seems to stall for a while, and then finally plays, its worse when I use the Jump option, takes a good minute to open jump window and then just as long to parse the search options down. this doesnt happen on my smaller list of 1000 songs. Is this really just limited to the speed of my computer? (via EPIA 800) it seems a simple operation.... any suggestions?
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    Eben

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    did you disable parsing the id3 tags? If you do that it'll just load the the filenames quickly. If you load with id3's.. well thats another story
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    Ill try that.... is it in prefs? thanks for the tip! do you think it will help with the 'jump to' problem?
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    Here's the thing, and how I got around it:

    Winamp is scanning all of your mp3s' ID3 tags, everytime you open the playlist. This is what is causing your lag issues.
    To correct this, load the list one more time, and let Winamp finish its thing. When done, go to Options > Preferences > Titles.

    Click on "Read metadata when file(s) are played or viewed in the playlist editor"

    Now, Winamp will only check the info for newly added files when you play them, or they are displayed in the playlist window (if it is open).

    Now, open the playlist editor, and re-save your complete playlist. If you have ever looked at your playlist file in notepad, you will see some more info than just the artist-title info. This extra info is added when Winamp scans the ID3 tag. If you scan the complete list before you save it, (as I just walked you through), it will no longer take until The Second Coming to actually play your music when you open the playlist direct. Also, as an added benefit, the total playtime in the list will be almost 100% accurate now, since Winamp has had a chance to look over the files and verify each one's playtime. This means that if you generate a webpage of your playlist from WA, the number of files and total playtime will be dead-on (instead of having like 1,200 files of unknown length).

    Hope this fixes the issue for you like it did for me! Cheers!
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