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Introduction

You can use Windows Media Player to play sounds, music, and digital movies on your computer and on the Internet, or listen to radio stations from all over the world. In addition, you can play and copy CDs, create your own CDs, play DVDs, and copy music and videos to portable devices, such as portable digital audio players and Pocket PCs. Using Windows Media Player requires a sound card, speakers, and an Internet connection to view the Media Guide, look for music licenses, and listen to radio stations on the Internet.

When you play music from the Internet, Windows Media Player uses streaming, which is a method of delivering audio and video files across a network or the Internet without downloading an entire file before it plays. All streaming media files buffer before playing. Buffering is the process of sending a certain amount of information to the computer before the content actually plays. Windows Media Player monitors network conditions and makes adjustments to ensure the best reception and playback. If the information in the buffer runs out, you will notice a break in the playback. When a file finishes playing, it is not stored on your computer.


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