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Customizing Windows Media Player

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Have you recently updated Windows Media Player? Are all your icons now different looking and you hate it? I’ll show you an easy way to change that, without reverting back to an older version.

If you are in Library view within Windows Media Player 11, you’ll see the search box on the left. Next to that is a small icon with four small colored squares inside of that. Clicking on those squares will change the view you see. If you hate the new Album Cover view, you can change that to List or Tile, with the click of the mouse. You can also sort the icons easily by clicking on the up or down arrow at the top of any column.

If you don’t like the default columns, or want to add something, right click on any column heading. There, you can then add or take away specific columns. Customizing Windows Media Player is actually a very simple matter, thus no having to revert to an older version.

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Windows Media Player

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Back in the day Windows Media Player burst onto the scene and kicked ass. It was slick, played a lot of formats, and was the media player.

As time went on, however, WMP has become bloated and user unfriendly.

ADHD from the chat room heard that Windows Media Player 11 sucks: is that true?

Chris believes that the Windows Media Player development team doesn't have their priorities straight with WMP. When WMP 11 was still in beta testing stages he filed several bugs as well as tried to convince them to support RSS.

The bugs were never fixed, and RSS has never been supported in Windows Media Player.

Should you upgrade from Windows Media Player 10 to 11? If you don't want to then you really don't have to. Everything is pretty much the same, but if you wanted to have an Urge subscription you'll need to upgrade to version 11.

Stick with 10, or try an alternative media player.

Do you have any suggestions for an alternative media player?

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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?

Free Preview of New Weird Al Album

Stumbled into this “gift” accidentally while assembling a total Yankovic playlist this afternoon. You can hear :30 teasers for each Straight Outta Lynwood track, so long as you have URGE and WMP11 installed (Windows only). No account necessary. MTV must’ve added his new album at some point in the past day. Do an Artist search for Yankovic (in URGE) and you should see SOL top the list. Select the album tracks as well as another track from another album (like Couch Potato from Poodle Hat), then right-click the non-SOL track and select “Play” from the context menu. This should tide you over until Tuesday morning – which is when you’ll buy the full album:

Featuring parodies of Chamillionaire, Green Day, Usher, R. Kelly and Taylor Hicks! DualDisc includes PCM Stereo, 5.1 Surround and instrumental mixes of the entire album (with on-screen lyrics option), plus a 9-minute behind-the-scenes documentary and 6 BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEOS!

If you don’t buy the album, I’m going to rip your heart right out of your rib cage with my bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it ’til you die – especially if you’re white and nerdy.

Cancel Napster

Hey, Napster? Thanks for making it an absolute pain in the ass to cancel our account – yet another reason to abandon your service. I had to call a phone number to tell you that I wanted to quit. Why?

  • MTV’s new URGE service is far less problematic. Far less.
  • I really like the Clix, and URGE works better with it.
  • Napster’s software continues to suck.
  • You made me call a number to cancel service. I hate that. Really.
  • URGE is the future, Napster is still living in the past.

Windows Media Player 1l… is still far from impressive. Don’t swallow the hype when you see it, please? WMP11 is better than WMP10 – but “less crappy” is not an honorable benchmark. They continue to ignore user interface inconsistencies and feedback from Windows Media’s most ardent supporters – including MVPs, who were seemingly marginalized during 11’s development process.

Windows Media DRM is Corrupted

So, I’m getting ready for a trip to Colorado Springs for my future brother-in-law’s nuptuals. I figured I’d give the Clix a shot with Urge. I fire up the Windows Media Player and… blammo:

Your Windows Media DRM is Corrupted

“Your Windows Media DRM is Corrupted.” *sigh* I love DRM. It’s awesome. DRM is teh shiz. I want to make love to DRM, it’s so sexy. DRM is the ultimate. Give me more DRM. I want to spread DRM on my toast in the morning. I need DRM in my life.