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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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Yuck!
By jonmcc33 on 10/30/2006 8:31:25 PM , Rating: -1
I didn't like it at all. Black? Come on, I'm not some goth freak. URGE? I have an urge to puke after seeing that crap on my PC. Back to WMP10 I go!




RE: Yuck!
By Randalllind on 10/30/2006 8:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
still sucks I fix all my tags useing MediaMonkey audio player that tags from Amazon.

WPM 11 shows 2 some time 3 different albums when it all should be 1.

I am not redoing my tags on 26,000+ mp3's to please Microsoft.


RE: Yuck!
By theprodigalrebel on 10/31/2006 5:22:35 AM , Rating: 2
WMP shows 3 different entries for the same album sometimes because:
-All songs from the same album should have the same Album Artist. For instance, I have two entries for 'Almost Famous'. One is the Original Soundtrack, the other is an album by Lumidee. If you leave the Album Artist field as blank, it will show up as another entry. I also have six albums all titled 'Greatest Hits' - obviously, all with different Album Artists. This is how WMP differentiates between albums by various artists with the same title.


RE: Yuck!
By InsaneScientist on 10/30/2006 11:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't like the color, change it. The color chooser is there for a reason, you know...

Beyond that, just because it's the default with WMP 11 doesn't mean that you have to use URGE... if you don't like it, use something else... if you don't like something else, don't use anything. Nowhere in the rules does it say that you have to use every feature of the program. ;)


RE: Yuck!
By Spivonious on 10/31/2006 2:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
The black fits in with the Vista default colors.


RE: Yuck!
By mindless1 on 11/1/2006 3:33:59 PM , Rating: 2
So all they need to do is disable all these features by default, I mean ALL of them, and by disabled I mean 100% inaccessable else they'll have the potential to be yet another security exploit. It's not always a good thing to just keep tacking on features if you dont' want the features.


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