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Is Windows Media Player Doomed?

Via “Ice Ardor” in our live chat room:

About five years ago I made the switch from Windows Media Player to MusicMatch Jukebox Plus. I made the switch because WMP refuses to play mp3 files without slaughtering the quality, because Microsoft wants you to use their proprietary wma (DRM-able) format. WMP’s codec is pretty horrible, so the audio quality wasn’t great.

Anyways, I’ve been on MusicMatch Jukebox Plus because the software came for free with a Cassio my dad bought a decade ago. I’ve got great ripping and burning speeds with my 48x drive–some CD’s I exceed 30x ripping speed, and burning is pretty fast as well. Unfortunately, MMJB has ceased production since it was purchased by Yahoo!. It’s got a few bugs in it that make it crash about twice a month, it runs a little sluggishly sometimes, and takes forever to load. Now Yahoo! is phasing it out and introducing their new Yahoo! Music Jukebox, which in comparison doesn’t have a fourth the features that MMJB Plus had. I’ve been looking at the List of Media Players on Wikipedia, but haven’t really chosen a new media player to switch to, yet.

I don’t like the look of Winamp (and I’ve had a negative view on Winamp because it’s owned by AOL/Time Warner), but I don’t feel comfortable moving back to WMP because all of my music is in mp3 format, not wma. Furthermore, ever since Microsoft started to move its products towards Vista, the user has lost a lot of control and customizability. There’s features that I know existed in WMP10 that I can’t find in WMP11.

Is there any way that I can replace WMP’s mp3 codec? Do you have any suggestions for a media player that I should try? What media player do you use?

QuickTime vs. RealPlayer vs. Windows Media Player

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Roadblock asks which is better: QuickTime, Real Player, or Windows Media Player?

It depends on what you want to use them for. I you want to just play MP3 files then any of those players will do; however, if you want to use specific files (MOV, WMA, etc.), you’ll probably want to use the media player built specifically for that format.

QuickTime is a popular choice from Apple, which support the infamous MOV file format:

Whether you are creating content for delivery on cell phones, broadcast, or the Internet, or a software developer looking to take your application to the next level, QuickTime provides the most comprehensive platform in the industry.

With a rock-solid foundation that you can trust and a host of innovative features that create the most cutting-edge multimedia experiences for your customers, QuickTime is the obvious choice for all of your digital media needs.

RealPlayer has a sordid past but has recently undergone a dramatic change (although it still bundles SuperPass with its software install):

Whether your’re downloading music, burning CDs or watching a ballgame, RealPlayer gives you greater control of your media than any player out there. Download, surf, boogie and burn with these incredible RealPlayer features.

For the Windows user in all of us, there’s Windows Media Player (wMP to the geeks out there):

Windows Media Player 11 offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV. Play it, view it, and sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go or even share with devices around your home – all from one place.

The chatroom recommends VLC, a media player that plays practically everything:

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc.) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

So, what media player do you use?