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Windows Media Player

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The latest iteration of Windows Media Player adds a lot of useful bells and whistles, succeeding in many ways as a competitor to iTunes for Windows. A tree-style file directory makes it easy to find the music you want quickly, and a simple search box gets you where you want to go immediately. A five-star rating system lets you rate your music, then organize it by rating, so it's easy to group your favorite songs. Drag-and-drop functionality and a handy Create Playlist button take any confusion out of the process of making your own playlists. Creating the perfect mix CD is equally as easy--simply drag and drop songs into a Burn List in the right panel, then click Start Burn to finish. Ripping was reasonably fast on our test machine, and the program let us pick our preferred bit rate and audio file type.

The biggest new feature in WMP11 is the ability to sign up with paid music and video services. Without registering, we were able to browse various sites and compare prices among services including XM Radio--all from the Windows Media Player interface. We like the new, cleaner look, and the back and forward buttons make it easier to navigate. The ability to sort music by year released makes for some great reminiscing. Overall, we think the latest Windows Media Player offers almost everything you need for every type of media, making it a solid choice for an all-in-one jukebox.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 999 votes

    • 5 star: 410
    • 4 star: 228
    • 3 star: 98
    • 2 star: 64
    • 1 star: 199
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 580 votes

    • 5 star: 190
    • 4 star: 171
    • 3 star: 76
    • 2 star: 51
    • 1 star: 92
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  • 1.0 stars

    "foreign language"

    February 18, 2014  |   By warhooper

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    none that I could access

    Cons

    comes in German instead of English and when I guessed at what it said it failed to load. My version doubled all the music in the library...2 of every song

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  • 1.0 stars

    "-000000000"

    January 26, 2014  |   By baldy43

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    Will not load to Windows7 Home Premium useless as is every other program that M/Soft puts out. All they want is for you to send them information so that they can try to fix it sometimes at a very high cost to the user.

    Cons

    No words can describe what I want to say.

    Summary

    As I stated first useless and it was about time that M/Soft put out something that worked right from the start.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Propably already installed on your computer!"

    January 5, 2014  |   By weegee2899

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    Play, rip, burn cds, and other things.

    Cons

    None that I can find.

    Summary

    This should already be installed on your computer. It came with mine.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage!!!"

    September 1, 2013  |   By Donybruk

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    Oh yeah, everything looks OK to start with nice album covers automatically downloaded.

    Cons

    After a while, it forgets some songs, or duplicates parts of albums, loses songs or whole albums and generally messes up your whole library. Also it tries to automatically "correct" or do things when you are manually entering in the correct information.

    Summary

    Totally unusable. I have lost songs I will have trouble getting again somewhere.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "*Sees picture* ohhh memories"

    January 8, 2013  |   By tomysshadow

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    Starts up fast and plays most music files. And videos... even Quicktime MOV!

    Cons

    Not very many. Except the hidden menus and that live streaming is disabled by default. Not a fan of the Library idea either.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't play what it can't find"

    August 31, 2012  |   By Cabby_Z

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    It's stupid simple

    Cons

    Stupid... it's that simple

    Summary

    There are at least fifteen songs on my computer, (yes, they're in my "Music Library" with all my other songs) that WMP can't see on it's own. If I double-click the song from Windoes Explorer, WMP plays it just fine. But if I open WMP and try to find the song, the player comes back with nothing.

    You can't add a song to a playlist if the program can't see it on it's own.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "don't think it worked!!"

    August 14, 2012  |   By mar00cus

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    quick dwnload

    Cons

    i don't if it worked...i really wanted it to replace whatever was already on there. i'm just not too sure

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Visual Interface, Horrible on Processing Speed"

    May 20, 2012  |   By s_zabel

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    Visual presentation
    Organization of Menu
    Improved sound controls
    Optimized user interface

    Cons

    Greatly slows down the processor for other tasks running on windows simulataneously
    Causes many programs running simultaneously to go unresponsive
    Tends to freeze up computer

    Summary

    My HP all in one is equipped with a dual core processor that typically operates under a 2.6GHZ pace; however, with this media player running, even only in the background, I experience heavy delays in running any other program, and it causes my computer to operate under a 1.6GHZ pace. (This can be seen even under the task manager when looking at its CPU usage) For those of you reading my review whom are not as experienced in IT: basically what I am saying, is that this program will slow down your computer a great deal. And although it is pretty and its menu is easy to navigate, it will cause many applications like internet explorer and microsoft office, to suddenly freeze up and go unresponsive, to the point where you have to restart the program. I found this experience to be highly frustrating, thus I give it 3.5 stars. If Microsoft can improve its cpu usage and allow for a more comfortable cohesiveness with other running programs, Windows media player will be my number one media player and I will uninstall iTunes immediately.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A necessity on my computer."

    May 9, 2012  |   By paulPCP

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    very quick, works very well with most other programs.

    Cons

    part of Windows, expect problems with errors, and possible attacks.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Is it possible to go back to WMP10? I dont like 11."

    May 7, 2012  |   By pacsit66

    Version: Windows Media Player 11

    Pros

    It's very simple and "dummy proof" in my opinion.

    Cons

    I used to like to periodically clean out the library in WMP 10 and then rebuild it so that all my music was indexed properly. Ir theres a way to do that in 11 I sure can't figure it out. I've been trying the other high rated music players and have thus far not found a suitable replacement.

    Summary

    If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them! But to the point WMP 11 is actually a very user friendly program and works well and I've never had a crash. It just lacks some of the controls from previous versions.

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