Software

Windows Media Player

Store all your songs, movies, and videos on a computer equipped with Windows Media Player and you can search and catalog everything at your finger tips.

Windows Media Player is a digital media player made by Microsoft which will handle audio, video, and images. Typically Windows Media Player is used on personal computers running Microsoft Windows operating system, however there are versions which can run on just about anything, including Mac. The most recent version of Windows Media Player is 12, which was released in 2009 in conjunction with Windows 7. If you are running operating systems other then Windows 7 (including any and all earlier versions of Windows) you’ll need to use Media Player 11 (or earlier version).

Not only will Windows Media Player allow you to play back music and video, but you can also record and burn to CD/DVD. So you can use it to view media on your home PC or laptop, but you can also burn the media and take it with you on the go as well. Additionally, Windows Media Player can be used as a warehouse for your media files. Store all your songs, movies, and videos on a computer equipped with Windows Media Player and you can search and catalog everything at your finger tips. Files in WMA, WAV, and MP3 format can by played without any additional conversion needed, however MP3 files which include compressed ID3 headers will results in a “The input media file is invalid” message.

Overall, Windows Media Player is a very user friendly option for software to handle all your media needs from storage, capture, and playback. One reason for it being so user friendly is the option to use “skins”. Skins are and additional element that you can select from the original pack or additionally download and allow your to customize the look and feel of Windows Media Player. They don’t actually change the underling software, they just allow you to change the look and feel of the available options to work best for you.

So if you’ve all ready upgraded to Windows 7, then you all ready have the latest and greatest version of Windows Media Player. If not then you likely still have Windows Media Player, you just have an earlier version. Either way, if you haven’t all ready given it a test drive, then it’s worth taking the time to take a look now.