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Windows Media Player 12

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USER REVIEWS

All Around Media Player That Has a Lot of Built-In Codecs

By Maria Bernabe

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This media player comes with codecs that are loaded to run some media formats. For video formats there are the MP4, WMV, AVI, and MOV formats. For audio formats there are the MP3, WMA and WAV formats. For some formats however, like MKV, FLV and OGG, you will need to install the required codecs for you to enable to run those file types with this WMP.

Windows Media Player 12 is included in the Windows7 pack, but it can also be used for Windows8 although there were no significant improvements in the software as accounted for by Microsoft. I don’t agree at all.

When I start to launch my media player, I figured out that the interface of this player has changed a lot. I cannot see all the option from the top menu in which it makes my media player looks neat and clean. And some features from the previous version of Windows Media Player are not included. For example, the mini-player, taskbar-integrated and advanced tag editor, which some of these are useful for other users, are not present.

Pros

  • It has a lot of built-in codecs
  • It is included in the Windows installer

Cons

  • Some features from the previous version are not included
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WMP12 Has Been Proven To Be One of the Most Convenient Tools for Managing Media Library

By Rose Sincro

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Many users of Windows are still using this Windows Media Player because they do not need to download this software just to have a player in their PC because it is pre-installed. It is included with your Windows installer and it has good features of an ideal stand alone media player that many users want.

Organizing your collections of digital media or synchronizing media files to a portable device and go online shopping for media content is very simple and easy by Using Windows Media Player 12.

One thing you must know about Windows Media Player 12 is that you can play more types of media compared to the previous version. This media player can support files like DIVX, XVID and AVI files. And it has built-in codecs supporting some common files including AVCHD, AAC, MPEG4, WMV,3GP and WMA. And if you are using Windows7 OS, you can use the mini viewer in the taskbar and the Media Player included the supports for Jump Lists.

Pros

  • It is included in your Windows installer
  • Easy to use and has simple navigation system

Cons

  • It doesn’t handle any photos
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Manage and Organize All Your Multi-Media Files in One Place

By Ivy Paloma

On Monday, May 5, 2014

I have several media players installed on my PC that I use for watching movies and playing music and have not really used Windows Media Player for a long time. I was quite surprised with this latest version when I had to use it for a project I had at that time. There is not much of a difference with version 11, except the look and design. Plus, it is actually a multimedia bundle. Aside from listening to my favorite music and watching movies and TV series, I can also view pictures, purchase music online via the Media Guide, burn CDs, rip movies, sync devices, etc. The list of available stores, when you buy music online, depends on your country. Also, if you are into Podcasts, Windows Media Player 12 has that too.

When you launch the player, not all of the options are visible on the menu at the top which makes it look cleaner, unlike other media players. There’s a Library and Playlists at the top left. Play, Burn and Sync options on the right and on the left pane, you will find the program’s other functions arranged in categories. Files can also be dragged and dropped into the library.

To date, I have all my music organized in Windows Media Player 12’s library.

Pros

  • It has an intuitive and simple interface
  • You can easily manage all your media files
  • Lot of integrated tools for organizing media files

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  • Availability of stores in Media Guide dependent on country
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • listen to music at home in the privacy of my house. why do you need this i am curious. i hope you are happy with my answer, it seems strange

  • downloading cds to then burn on flash so 103 characters left well i better add some more words here so that the robot feels suficiently fed

  • I will use this programm just for listening music and watcing movies at home. I do not intend to use in another circumstances because I know

  • for personal entertainment watching movies dvd's cd's music etc it is free of spyware dependable trustworthy backed by a great company we can down load it in a jiffy

  • to down load videos from computer to amazon kindle fire. so my daughter can watch different videos on a regular basis. why do you need all of this info?

What similar programs have you used?
  • I need this player like a ciberlink power dvd player activities. Suppor all type of video. Software systerm so eassy and comfortable and nice

  • BSplayer and other programs, but mostly Windows Media Player because Music Groove does not work, so is this message long enough now or not? BB

  • windows media player was used by mysef but now in my pc the same is not working properly so m not able to watch a movie I had downloaded so need this

  • WMP 10 and earlier, not really explored others but Win 12 has got a server execution failure message now so I am trying to delete and re-install

  • u tube, but not very often. I have just the apparently "older " version of WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER - please connect- want to hear my music!!! Thank you

What do you like most about this program?
  • I can burn cd's to play in my jeep I don't understand what else I am supposed to write here but unless I do it won't let me download. thanks

  • The program has been in my computor for few years, want to updated it as some programs are not working, like songs, and other fetures in the art

  • i like evrything about this program especially because you can burn cds which makes it super easy to play in my vhicle while driving around.

  • converter fecility, playing songs in various formats with very good sound quality retrieving the files quickly with equalizer facility and with

  • I like it very much because of its appearence and sound quality is too good thats the main reason i like it so i want to install this thanks

Review

Developed by Microsoft, Windows Media Player is multimedia software developed to play media content. With this latest download version, this is a more coordinated platform. It allows for the reproduction and synchronization of pictures, movies and music to mobile devices through its Remote Media Streaming technology. All you have to do is plug your device in to your PC and choose the files from your media libraries to transfer.

Windows Media Player 12 is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8, introducing many Windows 8 innovations. For example, creating playlists is much easier with this application thanks to improvements to its search engine. When you find the lists you are searching for, drag-and-drop them into the Windows program and your music compilation will begin.

More than a video player, it offers these options
More than a video player, it offers these options

Advanced functions

This application offers tools to copy and record audio discs, so you only have to choose the data you want and place it on the CD. Burning your collection on your CD takes just a few moments. You can also extract music from CDs, while with its online connection, Windows Media Player has library updates providing you with new information about albums.

It offers a friendly environment and an improved system for connecting to external devices

Thumbnail taskbar. The latest version has added a simplified Windows player that offers a friendly and intuitive experience. Users can choose between the classic or new setup, where principal menu tools (play, previous and next, and the buttons to access to the library and insert media information) are rearranged, and it offers many themes and skins to customize its appearance.

There are also many add-ons to enhance your audio experience, such as listening to different Internet radio stations. Moreover, video and audio can be customized for decibels levels, brightness, rates, saturation, and contrast, among other options. This program doesn’t include natural codecs, but you need to get special codecs to play a file, you can get them for free online.

Create your playlists
Create your playlists

Windows Media Player 12 Features

New features of Windows Media Player 12 include:

  • Burn, split and reproduce your own CDs
  • It’s a simple program. Effortlessly play your audio or video files
  • It includes options such as reverse, fast-forward or even the option to add bookmarks to a file
  • Shortcuts. It offers the option to control actions through the keyboard
  • Organize your library. Arrange your files based on the singer, style, album or release date
  • Quick Access Panel. The main window includes a button to efficiently search your library
  • Many visualization options, such as Battery, Alchemy, Waves and Bars
  • Supports many video formats, such as MOV, MP4 or 3GP
  • Modify its appearance. Customize the color interface and different skin modes
  • Construct your own ActiveX button on the Internet
  • Option to add additional programs such as effects, masks and views

If you require further information about this software before you download it, feel free to visit the author’s website

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements to download and install this program are:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or better
  • Processor: Intel Pentium II 233 MHz
  • RAM: 64 MB
  • HDD Space: 200 MB of free space

Conclusion

Windows Media Player, also known by the acronym WMP, is evolving with the market. With this latest version, it offers a friendly, well organized and searchable environment with improved connectivity for external devices.

Pros
  • It supports many digital file formats
  • Improved internal search engine
  • Integrates online functions
  • Provides sync options
Cons
  • It only works with the latest Windows versions