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How to Read Tags from a WMA File

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Ok I need specific instruction on how to extract meta data (author,title,duration) from a Windows Media Audio file (.wma).  References I have reviewed involve downloading an SDK ,are several pages long, and extremely complicated.  I just want the metadata from the file and put it into strings.

This is what I tried:

public class MusicID3Tag
    {
        public byte[] TAGID = new byte[3];      //  3
        public byte[] Title = new byte[30];     //  30
        public byte[] Artist = new byte[30];    //  30  
        public byte[] Album = new byte[30];     //  30  
        public byte[] Year = new byte[4];       //  4  
        public byte[] Comment = new byte[30];   //  30  
        public byte[] Genre = new byte[1];      //  1
    }

           strFileName = "C:\\Develop\\Apps\\WQFX\\Music\\MySong.wma";
           //Open the file and read the tags.    
                using (FileStream fs = File.OpenRead( strFileName))
 
            {
                if (fs.Length >= 128)
                {
                     MusicID3Tag tag = new MusicID3Tag();
                    fs.Seek(-128, SeekOrigin.End);
                    fs.Read(tag.TAGID, 0, tag.TAGID.Length);
                    fs.Read(tag.Title, 0, tag.Title.Length);
                    //string theTAGID = Encoding.Default.GetString(tag.TAGID); Error: Encoding not recognized

                    //if (theTAGID.Equals("TAG"))
                    {
                       //string Title = Encoding.Default.GetString(tag.Title);  Error: Encoding not recognized
                       //string Artist = Encoding.Default.GetString(tag.Artist);
                    }

                }

Any help would be appreciated.
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