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Chapter 7. Multimedia and Imaging > Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player has grown into a pretty amazing app with multiple personalities. Its talents include playing music and video files from online sources or local drives (including DVDs), playing online radio and TV stations, displaying specialized Web pages, organizing music files (MP3s and WMAs), burning music CDs, copying and synching to portable MP3 players, and providing a conduit to online media shopping sites. Windows Media Player was extensively retooled for the initial release of Windows XP and appears as version 8. Since then, WMP has been upgraded to Media Player 9. Even at the time of this book revision, version 10 was on board for imminent release. It will probably be available a few months after this book goes to press, in which case you should upgrade to it.

Keeping up with the ever-burgeoning media player wars (WMP competes with iTunes, Real Jukebox, WinAMP, Music Match, and others) is almost impossible for us writers. Books just don't come out as fast as easily downloadable new software releases do. Still, here are the basics of Windows Media Player.


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