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  • 5.0 stars

    "universal media player, free, much better than Win M.P."

    January 29, 2010  |   By houstontechie

    Pros

    freeware
    literally plays any media file
    it even plays online streams inside the player environment which is pretty cool
    built-in amplifier up to 200% of regular windows volume
    customizable interface
    advanced media filters/effects/playback measures.

    Cons

    playlist options and sorting/library features have room for more improvements
    for beginner users, adding more graphical value to the interface will help over complicated text menus.
    memory usage could be reduced. it uses slightly more than win mp

    Summary

    I would say this is a good and necessary program, IF u have needs more than what you can get out of windows media player 11. otherwise it may not do you any good switching to this. Meaning: if you use digital media (especially various formats of digital video) and if u have ever encountered errors for additional codecs used on other players such as windows media player or winamp, this is your guy!

    one major complaint: on certain video formats & files, if the files are incomplete (for instance a partially downloaded file-not using p2p- for instance streaming videos partially downloaded to a PC, or those with a failed download) it will not allow navigation at all and simply ends the playback. this does not happen with a well-codeced windows media player (using K++ codec pack), win mp 11 is capable of playing those incomplete files to the point that data exists-note: when you simply use Firefox add-ons or similar programs to download a flash (.flv) video from a streaming source, the file data is filled in chronological order, meaning that video data construction on your hard starts @ the beginning of the video and goes to the end, so the issue are not the p2p downloads as the mechanism of constructing/downloading the file data is rather fragmented and has nothing to do with the media's chronological order.

    Updated on Jan 29, 2010

    navigation: FFW FRW, NOT simply playing the file, that works just fine, but any attempt to navigate thru the video will end the playback instead of accepting the request.

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