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Windows Media Player 12

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Windows Media Player-Store and play all your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV.- Download Video Previews:

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.0 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    2.0 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's OK, I've Had No Negative Issues"

    April 7, 2014  |   By DontWannaKnow

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    It can organize video and pictures as well as music in separate libraries. It has many options to tweak sound such as an equalizer, True bass DSP, volume normalizing and much more. It will play most common formats of video and audio. With a codec pack will play even more. It's free and built in to Windows 7. It's convenient.

    Cons

    Slower than many when updating libraries.
    Even with DSP and the like, the sound isn't really high quality compared to some others.

    Summary

    I have read the reviews and horror stories concerning WMP. In my experience I have had no corruption or deleting of my music files. As a matter of fact, my experience with WMP has been bug free (knock on wood). It is a little slow and could have better sound, but believe me I have tried much worse.
    If you are just an average user with an average library of music and no high end speakers or such, then this is probably all you will ever need. I prefer MusicBee and that is what I use, but I think WMP gets an undeserving 'face full of sand' by many people. Just my 2 cents.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's ver"11" not "12" and 5 other installs to decline"

    September 25, 2013  |   By hschraer

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    Nothing good if even after declining all the other trash it doesn't work.

    Cons

    Doesn't work with Windows 8, and having to decline all the other waste of programmer's time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "5 stars are only for CD ripping and CD burning :)"

    July 1, 2013  |   By salesalex

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    the best CD-ripping and CD(audio)-burning tool

    Cons

    it makes total mess with playlists = imports everything without any order ,
    there are too many commands and they are tricky ,non-intuitive , and many of them are useless -they should be much simplier than they are = for example 'stars voting' on songs is useless because I simply delete songs which I dislike and I doubt anyone use that , and there are too many sound control options which make bad sound output if used all together .

    Summary

    use it just for CD-ripping and CD-burning

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very bad and buggy"

    March 23, 2013  |   By Elindio42

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    None that I can tell! Free??????

    Cons

    Every time I add music, one song or more, it crashes. I have to use the Fix-It device constantly due to "file corruption" ect. It takes hours to re-install my music.

    I almost forgot about its "Non Responding" constantly.

    Summary

    I have tolerated this version too long, about a year. It is getting no better. I hoped for an update to fix it, but not so far.

    I am going back to WMP 11.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plays .mov files from my Canon cameras."

    February 28, 2013  |   By infti

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    Plays .mov files from my Canon cameras.

    Cons

    The interface is problematic.

    First, by default, the menu bar is hidden. Typical for MS and also for other newer programs. So how the hell are you supposed to do anything?

    Second, it tries to force me into those cockamamie "libraries" in Windows 7, so it's a bit difficult to locate the files I want to play.

    Another con --- not available for XP.

    I haven't tried other file types yet so I can't render judgment there. My guess is that they play fine, but I'll stick with VLC for everything other than .mov.

    Summary

    On my XP machine, VLC will not play the .mov files. Splash Lite is very choppy with them. On 32 bit 7, VLC is somewhat choppy but WMP 7 plays the .mov files perfectly as far as I can tell.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's not a Bug, it's a feature""

    December 5, 2012  |   By DMiDesign

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    It will play CD's and DVD"

    Cons

    Had to relearn interface AGAIN from WMP 11 to WMP 12. Waste of time.

    Windows 7 Windows Media Player 12 will not find metadata for albums. I have checked, unchecked and rechecked all the box in "Organize". I am connected to the internet. Another laptop with XP and WMP 11 can fine metadata. WMP 12 calls everything an "unknown album".

    Summary

    Do not waste time looking for a solution from Microsoft. I wasted at least 4 hours

    My solution to the problem - iTunes. It finds metadata perfectly. It can rip my CD so I can have MP3 files. Problem solved.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crap. (please enter 10 characters minimum) Crap x 10!"

    November 22, 2012  |   By sodaphine

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    Ummm....
    Give me some time. I might think of something...

    Cons

    - when any file properties are changed or a file is moved, WMP corrupts itself and those files will neither play, or be deleted. Had to rename track titles in order to delete in order to re-import
    - corrupted composer info on re-import(inserting artists not even found anywhere in my house let alone on my system - wow!)
    - Doesn't recognise file properties on the stuff it didn't corrupt and left me with crap all over the place that I had to manually waste a morning putting in the right places.
    - went to synce some albums across to my mp3. Although the feature to tell you how much space is left on your device is there, and "appears" active, it simply doesn't work.
    - If I actually bother to try to attempt anything else in this crap program, I believe the chance of it failing are significantly high.

    Summary

    This program is totally unstable and full of bugs. I'm really astounded they actually released this rot with their name on it...

    (why am I surprised...?)

    Highly recommend not to go here. WMP was always buggy, but it appears they are making a big effort to make it more so. Can't imagine what they are trying to achieve.

    Going to download a new player. Can't stand this rubbish.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Good Por Caca"

    November 8, 2012  |   By smoooth1

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    NONE At All !!!

    Cons

    It will not play most of the newer formats such as MKV.
    If it was to do so it could be used to play movies on a WiFi TV connected to a network.

    Summary

    This Caca needs to be FLUSHED.....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "very difficult to use"

    August 10, 2012  |   By salwa1983

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    it's very difficult to use

    Cons

    they try to be difficult

    Summary

    difficult to use

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't even rip music very well."

    March 30, 2012  |   By cnyberg0

    Version: Windows Media Player 12

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Keeps "Not Responding" 90% of the time.

    Summary

    I don't know how to delete it.
    I would if I could...

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