How to Read Tags from a WMA File

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.
DovbermanAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPConnect With a Mentor OwnerCommented:
Windows Media Player 9 SDK, others are in the specific windows version SDK
Extracting Metadata from Windows Media Files
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I will try this tomorrow.  Will Windows Media Player work on Windows 7?
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
The proposed solution appears to be a GUI.  I need to programatically read the tags. It apears from other articles that thi is done by a COM object that uses ID3Audio tags. Can you help me here with references?

//string Title = Encoding.Default.GetString(tag.Title);  Error: Encoding not recognized
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
TechChallenger1.  The download is a 2005 version of Visual Studio which has conversion issues.  However, I expect it to work. I will contact the author.

Thank you.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Converted to VS2010 solution
http://sdrv.ms/UwCztf
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
ve3ofa. Thank you.
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