Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is Microsoft’s multimedia playback application, supporting an array of audio and video formats like MP3, WMA and AVI. Furthermore, users can synchronize media files on portable devices using this program.

ActiveMovie and NetShow Player were eventually replaced by Groove Music and Movies & TV applications in Windows 8. Meanwhile, an older version of Windows Media Player remains installed by default on every system.

Features

Windows Media Player provides you with an interface for accessing audio and video files on your computer, including CD ripping/burning functions, creating playlists, organizing digital music files into a media library and synchronizing content to portable devices such as MP3 players. Furthermore, you can even access online music or video content through streaming media services like Netflix.

Windows Media Player was first released with Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions back in 1991 and used Multimedia Creation Interface (MCI) to manage audio and video files. Since Windows 7, however, version 12 of Windows Media Player has been included as part of Microsoft Media Center allowing it to stream content like music videos to Universal Plug and Play devices such as TVs, soundbars and home stereos – even supporting DRM protected PlaysForSure media!

Microsoft Media Player’s standard features such as fast forward/rewind/file markers/variable playback speed are enhanced with various audio/video post-processing options that include 10-band graphic equalizer and SRS WOW audio enhancement system, universal brightness/contrast/saturation adjustments/pixel aspect ratio controls for supported video formats; caption and subtitle format support as well as Video Smoothing introduced with WMP 9 Series for low framerate videos.

Media Player makes switching easily between audio/video sources easy with separate lists created for each source. You can organize them as My Music, Movies & TV collections or by genre, album title, artist or rating.

Windows Media Player works seamlessly with other Microsoft Media Center products, including Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, to allow wireless remote control of multimedia content. Furthermore, it automatically downloads media from online sources such as iTunes or Xbox Live Marketplace and synchronizes them back. To check whether or not Windows Media Player is installed on a system, open PowerShell window with administrative privileges and type Get-WindowsOptionalFeatureOnline-FeatureName*media* into it.

Downloading

Windows Media Player, commonly referred to as WMP, is an audio and video playback application developed by Microsoft that comes equipped with various visualizations as well as extensive privacy and security settings. Users can use WMP to rip CDs, organize music files, synchronize with portable devices and game consoles and rip CDs; its software can even be upgraded online! Users can download Windows Media Player online and upgrade it whenever new versions become available.

WMP supports an expansive list of file formats, both lossy and lossless audio compression methods including MP3, WMA, OGG, MIDI and AAC audio formats. Furthermore, it plays back several video formats including AVI and WMV but does not natively support DivX files – for these to work you must install an external codec such as FFDShow first.

Windows Media Player makes managing music, pictures and video easier with album art and metadata display as well as search functionality for quick media retrieval. There is also library mode which organizes all your media files while now playing mode allows only for current media to be displayed at once.

Windows Media Player was introduced with Windows Vista to provide content synchronization capabilities with portable handhelds, games consoles and consoles. It can transfer playlists or media files between devices; if their bit rates can support higher bit rates. Otherwise, media must first be down-converted before being transferred – which may not playback properly on their respective device.

Its features rival those found on more costly media players. Furthermore, the software integrates seamlessly with Windows Vista and later versions’ UPnP media server allowing you to stream music, images and video directly from your computer onto compatible AV devices such as Roku SoundBridge or PS3 devices via this technology – including some that support PlaysForSure DRM protected content.

Installation

Windows Media Player (WMP) is a multimedia application developed for Microsoft Windows operating systems that plays audio, video and images. Powered by Media Foundation framework and DirectShow technologies, WMP does not require additional codecs to play MPEG-2 videos compared to similar applications such as VLC Media Player or Winamp. You can use WMP to make playlists of songs you love listening to streaming audio/video content or watching recorded TV shows; organize music/video files into libraries for organization; as well as enjoy visualizations to enhance listening experience!

WMP was introduced with Windows 3.0 as part of Multimedia Extensions 1.0 package and later revised versions were made available to support additional features included with Windows 3.1 and subsequent 16-bit OS revisions. Implemented via Media Control Interface, WMP could also be extended using third-party “MCI drivers”, providing support for additional devices or file formats.

Original capabilities included the ability to rip audio files from and copy music onto compact discs, create recordable CDs in either Audio CD format or as data CDs with playlists, synchronize content between portable devices such as digital music players and mobile phones, stream media over a local area network, as well as support a range of file formats including its own XML-based playlist format as well as Advanced Systems Format (ASF) and Windows Media Audio (WMA). Furthermore, this product could connect users with various online music stores allowing users to purchase music and other media purchases online.

Beginning with Windows Vista, WMP integrated with various online music stores and provided an embeddable ActiveX control for Internet Explorer to allow web developers to include its functionality on their websites. Selecting a store reconfigures Info Center view, radio streaming and other online features so as to use services offered by that music store; purchased tracks are listed separately under Library nodes under their respective categories. While Windows 8 introduced Microsoft Movies & TV and Groove Music apps for video and music playback respectively, legacy WMP has continued its role within subsequent releases of OS.

Using

Windows Media Player (WMP/WMA), an audiovisual playback application designed to playback multimedia files, can also serve as a music manager and library. It can rip audio tracks directly from CDs into MP3 or WMA CDs for portability; sync content with portable media players and mobile phones; stream media over local networks and connect to online stores to purchase digital media.

This program typically ships with different versions of Microsoft Windows, with its most current edition included with Windows 8 as Groove Music – replacing Windows Media Player which was included with previous OSs.

Windows Media Player can handle most computer sound and video formats, including MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), CDA (Compact Disc Audio) and AVI files. In addition to these media types, MIDI files for synthesizer music or ringtones as well as MPEG-4 and AVCHD (m2ts and mts) video files can also be played back seamlessly, as can display subtitles for some video files as well as synchronized lyrics for selected songs can all be supported as well.

Windows Media Player goes beyond its native playback capabilities to act as a Universal Plug and Play AV media server, which enables it to share music, pictures and videos between UPnP devices such as PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles; also stream audio/video directly over networks to mobile phones running the UPnP app.

A multimedia player that can support all common audio file formats and rip CDs to an MP3 format. It also creates playlists, adds and removes items from queues, sets the playback position and adjusts volume levels as well as display lyrics, artist information and album details as well as fast forward, reverse and file markers; keyboard control with full keyboard emulation possible and advanced features like crossfading audio dynamic range (Quiet Mode) of WMA Pro/Lossless formats as well as auto volume leveling for certain types of music are among its capabilities.

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