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Windows Media Player 12

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USER REVIEWS

Play all your audio and video files with this fantastic media player

By Lily P. Evans

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Windows Media Player 12 has been developed by Microsoft Corp. and is the latest release of this useful software. It is available from Windows 7 and later versions. It serves to play almost every kind of video and audio files, from the most known such as MP3, MP4, or WMA to others such as ACC, DivX, Xvid or MOV.

Its most noticeable new feature is “Play To", which allows you to share music and video to other computers with Windows 7, or other compatible devices. Windows Media Player 12 has also changed its appearance, but not too much. You can only see this change in the color, and the layout of the toolbar. Now, the majority of the buttons and controls are hidden, so you have no interferences when watching a movie or listening to music. If you want to use any of the buttons, you only have to open the drop-down menu.

Moreover, playing audio and video files is not the only thing you can do with this software; you can also burn and synchronize your files. The software facilitates your labor thanks to the ability of creating lists. Once you have created a list, you can decide if you play it, if you burn it to a CD or DVD or if you synchronize it with other people.

Pros

  • You can play multiple audio and video files
  • You can create music and video lists
  • You can burn CDs and DVDs

Cons

  • There are better players in the market
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Play your songs and videos through streaming from your car to your home through media player application

By Beatrice Tan

On Friday, August 22, 2014

How can you resist using a built in media player application tool with lots of skins and supports tons of file formats? Because of my busy day schedule work schedule and my graduate studies at night, I find it difficult to look for media player application that is open source and versatile with other platforms and supports multi formats.

I tried using this built in media player application with my Windows Operating System which allows me to open MP3s, MP4s, and Flip Videos. Next amazing feature of this tool is the remote media streaming which allows me to play MP3s and MP4 streams at my desktop computers or mobile devices from other location like audio player inside the car. Another fascinating features are the smarter DVD playback, Jump Lists and song previews for 15 seconds.

The bottom line is that this media player application has evolved through time. It has now new features that you will surely enjoy like what I did. I am a real fan of this remote media streaming and smarter DVD playback. I will definitely continue to explore this tool to maximize its features.

Pros

  • An extensible and rock-solid application
  • It has great psycho acoustic effects

Cons

  • It has weak playback control on some file types
  • It does not handle photos
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SYNCHRONISE AND PLAY YOUR MULTI MEDIA WITH MOBILE DEVICES USING WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 12

By Adrian Okinda

On Thursday, October 16, 2014

If you want to play media content using one of the best platforms, Windows Media Player is the best software for the job. A creation of Microsoft, it allows synchronization of music, pictures, videos to Mobile Devices.

When using a windows operating system, Windows Media Player 12 is the default media player. I find it really useful as it has more than one capabilities. Examples are: burning of discs, copying of music to CD's, ripping of music and purchasing music from online platforms.

Mostly I use this program for entertainment purposes like listening to online radio and streaming of videos. What I like about this version is that it supports most common media formats compared to the previous version.

Verdict: I love the simple interface and i use it a lot on my PC. In my opinion i think Microsoft did a good job on this one. With time, this media application has evolved in a more positive way and has added most recent features hence improving the user experience.

Pros

  • It supports different media formats
  • It is very user friendly
  • Ability to create shortcuts using the keyboard to navigate

Cons

  • It works with the most recent version of Windows only
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEOS AND OTHER MP4 DOCUMANTS. iT IS FOR PRIVATE NON-COMMERCIAL USE ON MY HOME COMPUTER FOR MYSELF AND TWO MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY

  • play good songs and for background effects. a black background looks dull afterall that is why i am trying to install this programme. thanks

  • i want to watch the video to practice listening and speaking skills. i also use windows media player for play music or watching films or news

  • to watch movies listen to music fly a kite go spin a bottle and have breakfast for two at tiffany's not sure why you are asking me such a lame

  • I plan to use this program to listen to recorded calls on the website for Invoca for business purposes. Have been using old windows app & now it's not working.

What similar programs have you used?
  • have used win media player only since its beginning as i am a user that needs WMP a couple of times in the year. i use for music iTunes as it has direct internet radio featur

  • I have not used similar programs in the past. Now I want to play videos for my grandaughter. whydo I need to use all the available space on this

  • I have always used window media player only I think it's the Best. Music is great and the Downloads go fast. never had any problems with it...

  • CCLEANER PROGRAM FOR CLEANING MY COMPUTER,AVAST ,ZONE ALERT AND THAT IS ALL SO WHY DO I HAVE T USE UP ALL THE LETTERS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO ME TO GET THIS DOWNLOAD,SEEMS LIKE A WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY

  • Windows Media Player 11 and itunes and any other program that does something similar to those. Now will you let me download the free program as advertized

What do you like most about this program?
  • it enable your web cam and other software on your computer the requires windows media player to function properly it also enables you to read

  • slow motion capability and ease of use makes this a great program. Also compatibility with different operating systems. The are making some improvements too.

  • don't know yet, I'll see when I have used it first, so i will download and chaeck this program out on my windows 10 personal computer. love you very much lol

  • It provides for the playing of movie dvds. Hopefully, I will be able to view both New Zealand and USA regional movies with this system upgrade. Thank you for providing for this option online.

  • playing various media files smoothly. the other media players are efficient enough but cannot be used a universal or having the capacity to support.

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