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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 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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