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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 One43637 on 10/30/2006 9:04:27 PM , Rating: 4

by akugami on October 30, 2006 at 5:04 PM

I've resisted downloading and trying out this new version as I mostly use other video playing software. I am not a big fan of cataloging my media as I burn a lot of the junk I download to DVD's. Most of it being TV shows, especially Asian based shows simply not readily available in the US.

So basically I'm looking for an easy to use player that plays a wide variety of formats. Windows Media Player 10 and down sucked in this respect because certain formats like OGG or MKV's would constantly bring up a compatibility error message even when I can play the file in Media Player. This is due to Windows Media Player checking the file extension to see if it's a compatible file, and clicking on the option to never check this type of file again it still does so.

have you tried using Windows Media Player Classic (WMC) with the latest Combined Community Codec Pack?

VLC is also another alternative to WMP.

RE: Hope it was worth the wait.
By akugami on 10/30/2006 9:55:51 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I mostly use BSplayer though I have downloaded VLC, I haven't had the time to try it out. I have all necessary codecs to play all the common file types.

Apparently the system I'm using to play media files doesn't have WMP 10 and was using 9. Again, the annoyance was that it never saved which type of file I had specified as playable in WMP and would always redo the check, with a modal box popping up asking if I wanted to play that file in WMP.

I used to hunt down all my codecs but lately I've taken to just install K-Lite codec pack. I tried the CCCP but prefer K-Lite.

Will try WMP 11 tomorrow.

RE: Hope it was worth the wait.
By Aikouka on 10/31/2006 9:00:59 AM , Rating: 2
Akugami, I'd probably suggest Media Player Classic using FFDShow (do not get the normal release as they're very old). FFDShow supports practically any format/container and if I ever have an issue (I've only ever had one file I couldn't open as MPC would hang), I simply open VLC and run it in that.

I may upgrade to WMP11 for kicks. I never really use WMP anyway... but it's good to have it in case someone uses Windows Media codecs!

RE: Hope it was worth the wait.
By Hydrofirex on 10/31/2006 1:38:19 PM , Rating: 1
If you use BS Player someone actually already went ahead and skinned it up JUST like Windows Media Player 11! Since I have to credit M$ with a fantastic job on the new players look this could be a good a thing (if not a bit confusing). If you interested just follow the 'get more skins' link in the options. Actually, I still use another default skin because it just has WAY more functionality. Looking cool is great, but functionality is what it's all about.

Though I still prefer BS Player for video (compatibility, and that fact that the video window is separate from the control window, functional skins) and WinAmp for audio playback, Media Player 11 is actually a great fall back now for when something is being fussy with BS player. This is a job I used to reserve for Media Player Classic, but Media Player 11 seems to do a great job itself. Only with the most botched (IMHO) encodes do I have to go as far as pull out Media Player Classic.


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