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Windows Media Player 12

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USER REVIEWS

A GOOD MEDIA PLAYER THAT IS VERY SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE

By Hande Njr

On Thursday, September 4, 2014

This is initially the default media player in all Microsoft windows operating systems which is developed by Microsoft, besides windows operating system it was also initially available for Mac OS 7 ANS X and Solaris but production was discontinued. This media player has a lot of capabilities besides the normal ones. These are; ripping of music, copying of music to CDs, burning of discs, purchase of music from online platforms and synchronizing data with other devices like mobile phones. It was made available to the public in July 2009.

Its basic interface has functions buttons like File, view, play, tools and help. Each has various task capabilities which range from simple to complex. In addition there is play, burn and sync buttons which make it easy for the user to execute tasks. A few things can be customized like the players skin and it can be set as a default player by the pc users. It has core playback and library functions, where full media organization capabilities are handled like the arrangement of music in albums, genres and dates. It supports WAV and mp3 media formats besides the normal Windows media codecs. It has a great visualizations package.

Microsoft did a good job on this product and many users will attest to it because of its performance it offers. I like its simple interface and I use it on my pc. The only downside is that it doesn’t support a lot of media formats but it usually gives an error message if the media is not supported.

Pros

  • It has a simple and basic interface.
  • It has core playback and library functions.

Cons

  • It does not support a lot of media formats.
  • it usually gives an error message if the media is not supported.
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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

Cons

  • Availability of stores in Media Guide dependent on country
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Windows Media Player 12: An exceptional solution to keep entertained!

By Elizabeth Tweetee

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Windows Media Player is back with minor facelift and enhanced file format support, to prevent users from migrating to third-party media players like VLC. With its built-in burn feature and automatic media import support, it stands out as an exceptional entertainment solution. Here’s my review…

I mostly use this software for wireless streaming (throw) videos on my smartphone on PC. It delivers high-quality video and audio playback over WiFi without any hassle. I haven’t seen any hanging or error as on some other players. You can utilize this facility by simply checking options under ‘stream’ drop-down list. It’s a plus point of WMP12 as most players encounter lag during such playbacks.

WMP12 handles HD videos pretty well even if video card driver is not set-up on PC. It proves the software’s efficiency. There’s no motion blur issue with this player. You can load videos of almost any resolution if your PC is adequately powerful.

Burn function on WMP12 lets you create media disks without depending on software like Nero Burning ROM. It’s a nice addition. Burning parameters like speed can be adjusted. You’re free to choose disk names.

Verdict:

Most important feature of WMP12 is that it is a part of Windows. It’s integrated with the OS and functions flawlessly without using up lion’s share of system resources. Using HD files is no more a hassle. Also, it supports a wide range of audio and video files. Overall, it’s a great player. I rate it 8.6 out of 10!

Pros

  • Handles High Definition videos flawlessly
  • Hassle free streaming over WiFi networks
  • Works well even without video card driver
  • Disk burn function comes built-in

Cons

  • Problems with some audio formats still persists
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • I want to use all of Window Media Player 12 features. Mostly movies, video, and world events, celebrities and the music industries updates..

  • i'm using that program( Windows media player) because it is famous for its high quality and i always use it to watch movies and video in any place.

  • I am presently in the process of producing some musical tracks and need a cd recorder and someone said tha windows media player was a good option.

  • videos watching and listening songs and some other stuff it can also be usable as a dummy player beacause i dont use it i am downloading it only for fun

  • for playing videos in most of types as mpeg and another file extension as mp4 in windows 10 because my windows media player not able to play them

What similar programs have you used?
  • windows media player old version and have problem because it block mi computer and i must restart him to vork with him . will trie new wersi

  • i cant think of any other video programs i have tried over the course fo my life time and if i did i probably woundnt be able to tell you in this text block

  • Other program that I have used is windows media player 9 but it is nit compatible with cyberlink powerdirector 13 so I decided to look for free download.

  • I AM NOT USING ANYTHING RIGHT NOW SO I NEED WINDOW MEDIA PLAYER FOR MY WINDOW VERSION 8.1.IT WILL BE APPRECIATE IF YOU LET ME DOWNLOAD THIS THANK U

  • I haven't really used any other programs other than Windows Media Player. I'm not real sure what else I am supposed to type here, but I HOPE

What do you like most about this program?
  • It appears to be very fast and reliable in all aspect of demonstrated it. With its relaibilty one can pretty must enjoy it visuality and standardize nature.

  • I really haven't tried Media player 12 yet. please let me get on with my disc downloading so i can test it against older versions. So far, not real impressed with upgrades

  • Easy to use, while others crash whenever they feel like, due to some kind of incompatibility.This program has always worked for me no matter the pataform.

  • no problems in past as I have become frustrated with new changes and the hassle of having to make changes to programs that are absolutely not needed

  • Excellent hassle free Progam, that is missingfrom my new laptop, even though for some reason it came with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, possibly because the machine was sold with upgratdes to Windows 8.1

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