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
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.