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Windows Media Player 11 and URGE
WMP11 is released to the public

Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP. Version 11 sports a redesigned user interface and incorporates seamless integration with MTV's URGE music service.

According to Microsoft, the URGE online catalog provides customers with over 2 million songs by over 110,000 artists. Microsoft is also boasting that its improved search engine in Windows Media Player 11 provides faster results than any other media player on the market.

  • A visually driven experience using thumbnail and album art, an elegant and simple design, and customization capabilities for more personalized interaction
  • Improved device experience with new shuffle sync and reverse sync options, device exploration using the library view, and intuitive help icons that ensure seamless and intuitive syncing and burning of rights-managed content
  • Highly simplified navigation capabilities, enhanced shortcut options, and dedicated category views for all media types, including music, photos and video
  • Better access to content with deep integration of services that blurs the line between online service and media player experiences
  • Industry-first audio fingerprinting capabilities that recognize and import track information for unidentified or misnamed audio files
  • New formats for ripping and music playback, including Windows Media Audio Professional and WAV Lossless

The final version of Windows Media Player can be downloaded from the official website.

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RE: Hope it was worth the wait.
By Lazarus Dark on 10/30/2006 5:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering when it would be final.
I use wmp10 for my music and streaming vids like on adultswimfix. wmp10 has been pretty good library for my music especially since I rip to wmalossless because its the most broadly compatible lossless format. I use vlc for my video because of its advanced quality options. I don't have any complaints with wmp10 but I guess I'm off to dl it, maybe its got something worth the upgrade.

Whats wav lossless? isn't wav already lossless?

RE: Hope it was worth the wait.
By Lazarus Dark on 10/30/2006 6:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
jeez it took like 20 minutes to install.
anyway, I'm diggin the library interface changes, they seem pretty useful though I wish there was an option for a classic library view but I'm sure I'll get used to it. The default skin is sleek. otherwise...not really seein too much else different. Am I missing something? Well, I guess urge and such don't matter to me since I prefer to just buy the cd's I like and ripem. So what else is new? Not interested in wmapro I'll stick with lossless. I see it still lacks an automatic album art finder, which would be hugely apreciated imo.

By InsaneScientist on 10/30/2006 11:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
Whats wav lossless? isn't wav already lossless?

Yes, WAV is lossless.

Note how, in Windows Media Player's Options, it doesn't say 'WAV lossless', it says 'WAV (Lossless)', with the 'lossless' in parentheses. It's basically telling those who don't know that WAV is a lossless format... it's not saying that it's something different from normal WAV. ;)

RE: Hope it was worth the wait.
By probedb on 10/31/2006 5:18:32 AM , Rating: 3
I think FLAC is rather a lot more compatible than WMA Lossless....even ALAC is more compatible than WMA lossless!

Yep WAV is lossless, completely uncompressed audio.

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