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New Windows Media Player Leaks

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the early-is-just-more-fun dept.

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TacoLL writes "A new version of Windows Media Player, Windows Media Player 11, is set to be made public on Wednesday, however, it has found its way into the hands of internet users before its public release. Flexbeta has some early screenshots of the next Media Player for Windows users."

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Leak or astrohyping? (5, Insightful)

XorNand (517466) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338748)

If the source found its way onto the Internet, that would be a leak. If early prototypes were released months ago, in time for Real Networks, Apple, and others to dissect what MS was cooking up in the lab, then I would consider that a leak. But "leaking" a yawn-inducing product two days before the official release? It sounds to me more like a marketing tactic intended to drum up press at just the right time, akin to the same BS that beta testing has evolved into.

Mod parent insightful! (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338876)

Heh, you beat me to it. Seriously, the best marketing for Microsoft is to "leak" one of its products.

"Ooh shiny^Hleaked!"

I'm sure that somewhere in Redmond, Bill Gates must be laughing at us right now.

Re:Leak or astrohyping? (5, Funny)

HotNeedleOfInquiry (598897) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338903)

I was hoping for something tasty like a memory leak. Something that would gradually bring your machine to a crawl over a 2 hour period. Pissed-off users rebooting all day and not knowing why. Wailing and teeth-gnashing at Microsoft. Now that would have been worth the read...

80 Year Old's Anus Leaks! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339129)

There's probably pictures here [goatse.cx] but, I don't want to see those either.

The release of the latest Microsoft DRM'd attempted rip off of iTunes I can gladly miss.

Re:Leak or astrohyping? (1, Troll)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339153)

But "leaking" a yawn-inducing product

Yawn-inducing? See what iTunes is like. Jobs insolently called it the best product evah on PC, and most Apple users are actually agreeing with him (I'll put aside how slow it is, how big it is, how many services it installs and so on).

WMP 11 is for the first time, just as simple if not more, and just as elegant if not more, to use as iTunes is. Look at the features, shots, play with it, you can't disagree they did a great job. Just remember what they started with, the piece of shit called WMP 7, boy was it slow and did it look retarded.

But anyways that's Slashdot, so you can disagree with anything, as long as you make MS look bad.

OGG support (5, Funny)

Neil Watson (60859) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338751)

Any word on OGG support?

Re:OGG support (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338766)

My guess? One word: no.

:-D

Re:OGG support (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338800)

Why would they support OGG? They own Windows Media formats and have a vested interest in them (hardware that plays WM*, digital restriction management, etc.). There's absolutely no reason for them to support OGG, unless it somehow became a dominant format (like MP3 is).

Microsoft aren't making a media player for their users, they're making a service delivery platform for their corporate content provider customers.

Re:OGG support (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338879)

Microsoft aren't making a media player for their users, they're making a service delivery platform for their corporate content provider customers.

So why should I download and install this (other than to be reminded Microsoft would like me to buy new hardware again to be able to play their proprietary media formats)?

Re:OGG support (0, Troll)

kubevubin (906716) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338996)

I could care less about OGG support. Honestly, must Linux users make it a point to constantly do things against the grain?

Re:OGG support (3, Insightful)

BrainInAJar (584756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339120)

when "the grain" is "freedom-restricting technology trends", then yes... We must insist on going "against the grain"

Must the founders of America always go against the grain when it comes to that whole England thing?....

Why I use OGG? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339174)

Because I am a lazy person. I use RipIt for ripping my CDs and the default is set to OGG. RipIt is fast, it is run from the command line and it does the job in no time. Why bother with lame or other rippers?

Re:OGG support (2, Funny)

Funkcikle (630170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338840)

WMP users don't care about things like OGG. The most pressing question is - will there be loads of supercool skins to download? Phwoar!

Re:OGG support (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338886)

Any word on OGG support?

Of course. This is the latest, cutting edge media player; and it will automagically detect all of your .ogg files and convert them into a DRM format that will be playable with Windows Media Player . . .12; available with Windows Vista: Forever, SP2.

KFG

yup - simple recompile (5, Funny)

EccentricAnomaly (451326) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338913)

just recompile the source with a -lhell-froze-over option. ...also worth noting: -lmonkeys-flew-out-my-butt will compile it for AmigaOS.

OGG support (codec plug-ins) (3, Informative)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338990)

Any word on OGG support?

While media player is delivered with updated codec, the shell is largely codec agnostics. There are already numerous available codec packs/interfaces for playing ogg with WMP.

This is Old News. (2, Informative)

Phantombrain (964010) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338765)

MPlayer [mplayerhq.hu] has been out for a while

Re:This is Old News. (1)

MSFanBoi2 (930319) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338958)

If I wanted a media player to suck ram like Open Office and drain CPU cycles like a bad code compile gone horribly wrong, I'd just use Quicktime. WMP works just fine for me.

Re:This is Old News. (1)

Eideewt (603267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339041)

Presumably this is just a troll, but on the off-chance that it's not, can anyone who isn't named MSFanBoi tell me if MPlayer sucks that badly under Windows?

Re:This is Old News. (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339151)

MPlayer has been out for a while

When the major providers begin distributing content through MPlayer we'll have something to talk about. Until then, iTunes and WMP 11 will have mind and market share.

Leaks what? (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338768)

> New Windows Media Player Leaks

Leaks viewing/listening history through firewall directly to MPAA/RIAA?
Security leaks?
Leaks memory?

Oh, wait, you mean, the product itself was leaked.

Never mind, I'm sure the other types of leaks will follow soon enough.

Re:Leaks what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338790)

Troll or not, I'll bet he's right.

Re:Leaks what? (4, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338801)

Never mind, I'm sure the other types of leaks will follow soon enough.

If the new Windows Player has a problem with leakage, perhaps it needs a Wii Controller [engadget.com] ?

Thank you, I'll be here all week, try the sushi!

Re:Leaks what? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338906)

Well, that depends...

Re:Leaks what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338806)

I think they meant: "Owning Windows Media player is just like having a new puppy -- it leaks all over the floor!"

leaks wii (4, Funny)

EccentricAnomaly (451326) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338862)

Leaks viewing/listening history through firewall directly to MPAA/RIAA?
Security leaks?
Leaks memory?


it leaks wii.

Re:Leaks what? (1)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338944)

Truthfully - that is why I clicked this thread. I wanted to know what the latest bugs that I need to worry about are. I'm not interested in the program itself at all!

Re:Leaks what? (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339023)

Leaks memory?

No, it was made by MS, not the firefox team...

(ducks)

Re:Leaks what? (3, Funny)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339140)

No, it was made by MS, not the firefox team...

you misspelled Safari.

Next Headline -Microsoft to subpoena internet reco (1)

hguorbray (967940) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339203)

yup, we don't want no leaks around here!

I'm sure Billy boy can get George IV to spare a few operatives to track down these bad boys!

Oh, you mean they might have done it on purpose? Why would anyone do that?

-What's the speed of dark?

/.'ed (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338776)

Looks like their SERVER was running Windows Media 11.

Oh, wait...

Re:/.'ed (3, Informative)

r_glen (679664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338919)

Working link [mirrordot.org]

Re:/.'ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339194)

That's almost as useless as a Coral Cache of the page. The images still point to flexbeta.net.

Slashdotted already? (1)

thatoneguy_jm (917104) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338780)

Killed in less than 10 minutes - anyone have a mirror link?

NOT slashdotted (5, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338893)

It's NOT slashdotted guys. It's "Buffering..." :P

Re:NOT slashdotted (1)

barefootgenius (926803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339157)

Poor admin. By the look of the page, he's about to get quite a few emails.

A new low for the slashdot effect (2, Funny)

Cid Highwind (9258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338791)

Two comments on this story and flexbeta is already down. Coral cache and mirrordot didn't even have time to grab a copy. Great job, everyone.

Re:A new low for the slashdot effect (3, Funny)

pdbaby (609052) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338807)

Well, you know slashdot! The only thing we love more than Windows is their clean -- almost spartan -- unbloated media player!

Re:A new low for the slashdot effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338975)

WTF?!

You're like the kid in kindergarden during nap time that yells out that so-and-so doesn't have his eyes closed.

Time for subscriber mirrors? (1)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339049)

I suppose slashdot should just give subscriber status to Coral and mirrordot to get the pages ahead of time. I think the influx of subscribers will slashdot the site before it even becomes available to the general public.

Slashdotted (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338792)

Re:Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339078)

So it's version 10 with a new skin?

Oh No! (4, Funny)

inKubus (199753) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338796)

Are they going to search our call records to determine the source of the leak?! *knock knock* "Oh Hi Bill." *ziiiiiing* (BSOD)

EFF [eff.org]

Why OSS software is boring... (5, Interesting)

hardaker (32597) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338798)

I mean, we never have leaks! You never get that "Wow, I never saw this coming kind of viewpoint".

In the news today: Somone built an early release of KDE by hacking into their publically available anonymous SVN repository and downloading the code. They then released screen snapshots to the Internet. We now turn to our live reporter in bit-land with this breathtaking story...

Windows Media Player? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338811)

Is this really news that is worthy Slashdot?

Re:Windows Media Player? (2, Insightful)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338829)

Is this really news that is worthy Slashdot?

No, Definately not. But it's an excuse to bash Microsoft, and so here it is! =_)

More Lockout? (2, Insightful)

Draconix (653959) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338814)

Awesome! Does this mean yet another round of new media formats I won't be able to play without using MS proprietary software?

MPlayer (3, Interesting)

linux pickle (974544) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338817)

I have a PIII running Windows 98SE with Windows Media Player 9 - it is very slow to load. Most of the time that I open Windows Media Player, it is to watch a quick video clip - for this, I don't need the whole music guide and library to load. It would be nice if Microsoft would make two separate players - one to quickly play short clips, and one to manage my library.

On my Linux machine (also a PIII) I use MPlayer, which can play almost any type of file and is much faster. If I want to manage my music library, I'll open up amaroK or something similar.

Re:MPlayer (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338841)

You can get MPlayer for windows.

Re:MPlayer (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338842)

Or you could, you know, not use media player on Windows.

Re:MPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338978)

not use media player ?!?

kudos to anyone who can find a copy of XP without windows media player bundled with it.

Microsoft has said nobody wants windows without media player built in.

Anyone know where you can buy winXp without media player?

Re:MPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339050)

What on earth are you talking about? GP said "not use", not "use an OS without it installed".

Install something else and use *that*.

Wow.

Just run mplayer2. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338863)

Works the vast majority of the time for me.

[Window Key]

R (for Run)

mplayer2 [Enter]

Piece of cake. :)

Re:MPlayer (2, Informative)

DA-MAN (17442) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338864)

I have a PIII running Windows 98SE with Windows Media Player 9 - it is very slow to load.

Bloat at its finest. . .

Most of the time that I open Windows Media Player, it is to watch a quick video clip - for this, I don't need the whole music guide and library to load.

This really pisses me off. I use iTunes to manage my music library (got an iPod), but WMP detects my podcasts trying to download and wants to takeover. I stream some radio shows from the east coast (I love JV & Elvis on 92.3 FreeFM in NY, they use to be in SF). Because of this WMP is running for a few hours per day, but it always tries to fight with my iTunes.

It would be nice if Microsoft would make two separate players - one to quickly play short clips, and one to manage my library.

They have one, but it doesn't work with the latest windows codecs. It's called mplayer2. Go to start/run and type mplayer2, the original media player. I still use it from time to time on my Pentium M 2.13 GHz w/ 2 gigs of ram laptop.

Re:MPlayer (1)

antiMStroll (664213) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339191)

"They have one, but it doesn't work with the latest windows codecs. It's called mplayer2."

Hey, thanks for that! Count me amongst those who can't stand the all-singing, all-dancing GUI of recent versions of Windows Media Player. If you like that classic look but need the latest codecs, you should also check out Media Player Classic: http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/ [sourceforge.net]

Re:MPlayer (2, Informative)

gol (635335) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338943)

you could always give Media Player Classic (aka guliverkli) a go. I've found it to be much better.

link [sourceforge.net]

Re:MPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338987)

"It would be nice if Microsoft would make two separate players - one to quickly play short clips, and one to manage my library."

AAMOF they do have that. Make a shortcut that points to:

C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe

Voila.

And I can't believe none of the other replies has mentioned this. Oh wait, the other Anonymous Coward said so, too. Oh, the irony...

Re:MPlayer (1)

aidan folkes (740086) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339178)

Start Menu -> Run -> type "mplayer2", hit return

Bad headline, I thought "Memory Leak" (-1, Redundant)

nweaver (113078) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338819)

When the headline said "Windows media player leaks", my response was, No Duh, its a Microsoft Product, of course it will leak memory.

Re:Bad headline, I thought "Memory Leak" (1)

Zemran (3101) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338973)

I also thought that the headline meant a memory leak and an following the comments to guage what percentage of /. reader thought the same :) add 50% for those that do not want to admit their mistake :)

Re:Bad headline, I thought "Memory Leak" (0)

TorAvalon (971986) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338999)

Or if it was Firefox you could say the same thing, eh?

Sourced through PC Mag? (4, Funny)

acvh (120205) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338828)

Are these the same screen shots that PC Mag published online this morning?

All I want to know is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338855)

I don't care about Microsoft's UI. All I want to know is, is it going to have a new codec that will cause compatibility problems for Linux/MacOSX?

obligatory joke (0, Offtopic)

moochfish (822730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338865)

We better start monitoring phone calls to figure out who's leaking these products!!

News.com has a good series of images available (5, Informative)

Vapor8 (240870) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338887)

News.com has a good series of images of the New Windows Media Player available:

http://news.com.com/2300-1025_3-6072445-1.html?par t=rss&tag=6072445&subj=news [com.com]

Re:News.com has a good series of images available (1, Insightful)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338947)

Surprise, surprise. It looks like all of our favorite Mac-apps, repackaged!

How will Windows ever die if it just keeps stealing the best ideas with no consequences? It's unbelievable.

Re:News.com has a good series of images available (1)

BrainInAJar (584756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339187)

No, it doesn't... it looks like that godawful AeroGlass theme they've given longhorn/vista/whatever... it's *painful* to look at

Re:News.com has a good series of images available (1)

flipsoft (582240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338948)

Those pics look like what Napster currently is now. I sure hope it is not the same.

I currently subscribe to Napster (One of the few) and their product is slow, and a memory hog. If media player 11 is anything like the Napster interface I will not be using it, that is... until the old media player becomes an MS "High Vulnerability" and I am forced to install the new one.

~flipsoft

Who is their intended audience? (1, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338951)

I've got over 10,000 mp3's on my hard drive (all legally ripped from CDs I own). Do I really want to scroll though 10,000 icons of the album art in order to find the song I want to listen to? Please, Bill, please... tell me it's possible to turn the fricking icons off! On the other hand, displaying an icon for every song probably is a useful feature for my 5 year-old daughter. However, I should remind M$ that 5 year-olds generally don't make the software purchasing decisions in most households...

Re:Who is their intended audience? (2, Funny)

nsayer (86181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339179)

However, I should remind M$ that 5 year-olds generally don't make the software purchasing decisions in most households...

Gee, what other explanation is there for MS' tremendous market share? :)

did (0, Redundant)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338890)

Did anyone else read the headline and think "Wow, a media player with a memory leak.. that's got to sting the RAM"?

Anyone else? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338896)

Anyone else think "Leaks" in this context meant security holes?

Leaks? (1)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338910)

Ofcourse it leaks. This should be filed under "old."

Now... if it didn't leak, that'd be news.

itunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15338916)

Huh, look's like itunes.

Doh ! (0, Redundant)

darthgnu (866920) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338921)

Media Player just leaked a big puddle on my computer room's floor.

Seriously, this could have been a security patch or whatever. As usual, the headlines are concise as ever.

I'm astounded that no one has asked... (2, Funny)

RapedByKateMorrow (974920) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338945)

Does DRM not protect media player?

Memory Leaks? (3, Informative)

i.of.the.storm (907783) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338977)

I don't know if this is what was meant, but it seems that WMP11 starts up very fast and at first uses far less RAM than 10, (12MB vs 18MB on mine) but then jumps to around 42MB during playback. But I like the fast startup more than I can actually feel the effects of the RAM usage increasing, so I guess it's a good tradeoff. Of course, I hardly even use media players in the first place, so my POV may be different from someone who has it running all the time.

"leaks"? (1)

now3djp (621650) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338983)

So that's not memory leaks this time? ;p

Leaks (1)

ignavus (213578) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338989)

Who thought this article was about the new WMP having memory leaks?

The first on-topic one... (5, Insightful)

mazzarin (895581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15338998)

As opposed to the rest of the posts 'OMGLOL WMP LEAKS!!1', this post actually discusses it. I've used it. Its available to download from softpedia.com I found it to be rather nice and would definitely prefer it over iTunes if I still used it (iTunes). URGE is no iTunes music store but I never used that in any case. It has a slick look, uses less mem than iTunes - more than Winamp or foobar of course, and the responsiveness is quite good. I've never really liked Windows Media Player, always thought it was clunky and bloated but this seems to be a release where they got it right. I highly recommend checking it out.

um... (3, Insightful)

boomerny (670029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339007)

holy who gives a crap, batman! as uninteresting as this is, I'm sure I'll have to package it shortly because some exec wants to watch some shitty video which requires it. I'm also sure it will be a pain to lock out all of the program guides and checking for updates and other annoyances. They supply an enterprise deployment kit to aid in config, but why isn't all that junk turned OFF by default? grumble

I want my player to just play media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339010)

Don't need the latest rad textured skins. Don't need a google-strength management interface. Is it too much to ask for media player to just play media? I'll bet this bloatware is bigger than the bare essentials of the OS's it gets installed on.

Media Encoder 11? (3, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339015)

What about Windows Media Encoder 11. I would love to use 10, but it blows at trying to encode VOB files. Using a popular format with surround sound support would be awsome.

I know it's blasphemy to hype up Microsoft, but their WMV format is really good. In fact, right up there with DivX. Just wish their next Encoder appliaction didn't suck so much ass :(

Who cares... (1)

Edward Teach (11577) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339020)

about the media player looks. It's the quality of the pR0n on it that really matters!

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339030)

iTunes leaks more than WMP11 (which doesn't leak at all) and Firefox (which was designed to leak) together. :o

headline? (0, Redundant)

peektwice (726616) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339068)

When I first saw this headline, I thought to myself: "Yeah, no shit, everything written by Micro$oft leaks." Then I read TFA.

WGA? Pfft. (2, Interesting)

TwoTailedFox (894904) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339073)

Open Exe, WGA stops me.

Unzip, run the seperate hotfix-style executables, right-click-install on a few .INFs, and WGA is bypassed entirely.

Way to go, Microsoft.

Torrent Linky (1)

Alfarinn (974350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339075)

Currently downloading from here [torrentbox.com] . Lots of product information on the page also.

Re:Torrent Linky (1)

Alfarinn (974350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339158)

Downloaded OK from the above link, clean virus scan, installed and running OK so far.

Is it better than videolan ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15339089)

Videolan it is my player of choice on ALL operating systems I use, Linux, MacOSX and windows. In linux I also use other things too, XINE, TOTEM (also based on Xine libraries) and gmplayer.I NEVER use VMP or Quick Time (not even on MacOSX). Under windows, in addition to videolan I also use DOGMA now and then. Videolan is my favorite because:

1) it has (about) the same interface on all noperating systems I use

2) Better control of image properties under linux. For example for Intel integrated graphycs or Trident or NeoMagic only videolan ofers full control of image properties. gmplayer and xinelib based players may suppport more formats (including real player, that is , if win32 lib is installed) but do not offer full control of image properties (they do that only for ATI an d NVIDIA cards, but not for Intel, Trident or NeoMagic)

CDTEXT (1)

blitz487 (606553) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339101)

Does this one support CDTEXT? Or is it full of useless features?

Updates (1)

Paralizer (792155) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339104)

What are these screenshots showing us? I see nothing more than a glossed up GUI and a bumped version number. Perhaps this is all it includes?

Screenshots (5, Informative)

slashflood (697891) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339107)

You can find the screenshots here [songbirdnest.com] .

No, seriously. Am I the only one who thinks that the screenshots [com.com] are rather unimpressive? I clicked through every single shot and read the description of the features. I can't find anything special.

Misleading subject (1)

spicydragonz (837027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339133)

I thought he meant Memory leak.

Feature Creep in WiMP (5, Insightful)

schmiddy (599730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339144)

Windows Media Player is a great example of a piece of software that has reached maturity, and been going steadily downhill ever since. Everyone who's had to struggle with a slow computer with windows knows that version 6 (6.4 specifically, I think) was when WiMP essentially reached maturity. Really, what more possible features could you need in a media player other than the usual play, pause, rewind, etc. buttons, and some useful codecs (which, of course, Microsoft would never even dream of distributing, as they promote "piracy", or help alternative formats like Real).

l I'm even aware of at east one open source media player project based off the WiMP 6.4 design (has essentially the exact same look and feel, but is supplied with all the good codecs), namely "Media Player Classic" (here [sourceforge.net] ).

Since 6.4, which was last distributed with Win2k (though the auto-update features try their darndest to sneak the newer versions in), WiMP has gotten progressively worse. Version 9 was a disgrace, and 10 was even worse. Seems like the only innovation Microsoft has to offer in media players is bundling in more DRM features that no one wants, useless and ugly skins, and support for their own worthless WMV/WMA formats.

Please, don't use this new "feature"-laden crapware. Microsoft should take a hint from VLC or mplayer, and realize that we don't want the useless junk they're piling on. The reason why VLC and mplayer are so great is they do one thing and do it well: play media. Period.

Already leaked by Microsoft themselves (2, Insightful)

konfoo (677366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339189)

Anyone who attended NAB 2006 in Las Vegas last month would have seen the tons of signage, brochures and other promotional material from Microsoft showing off WMP11.

I fail to see why this is interesting... (1)

1053r (903458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339190)

Yet another realease of the mediocre and slow media player from microsoft, that phones home every couple of days to "update licenses" and make sure you don't have any music that you didn't pay the RIAA for. Why does anyone use WiMP? There are a lot of win32 media players out there, and ironically the one that comes from microsoft is the least functional of them all (ok, maybe i'm exaggerating here). Why don't they "borrow" WinAmp's code so they might actually have a good mp that comes built in to windows?

Media Player is Mediocre (1)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 8 years ago | (#15339208)

I could never get used to the Media Player interface. It feels like everything is slightly off and it's a lot of effort to use. I would compare the feeling to the difference between a diner and a restaurant. It's just subtle and hard to explain. In the very late 90's I was a combination Real Player/Real Radio fan, then switched to Winamp/Shoutcast and haven't looked back since. Now Winamp is starting to slide ever so gently since the original team left and AOL took it over. Real play is not an option anymore. If Winamp starts to turn me off I really don't know what I would gravitate towards.
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