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MULTIMEDIA: Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta for XP released
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 02.06.04 - 21:53:48 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8164x
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Windows Media Player 10 is being refined to provide a great experience for discovering, playing, and taking your digital media anywhere. We are still in the early stages, but this technical beta lays the groundwork for the great end-to-end digital media experience coming with the final release for Windows XP.

What's new?

  • Sleek New Design. A streamlined and sleek new design delivers a fresh new look and improved ease of use, including faster access to top Player tasks. The most important Player features are now in a more prominent position in the library, enabling users to accomplish everyday digital media tasks all in one convenient place and to take advantage of the powerful capabilities of the Player while browsing the library.
  • Choice of Online Stores. Introducing the first "Digital Media Mall" enabling you to discover, download, rent or stream music and video within the Player from a choice of online stores. These stores enjoy deeper integration and customization within the Player to enhance their functionality and ease of use.
  • Enhanced Device Support. A wide selection of devices are supported with this release, including a host of current portable music players and new Portable Media Center devices that will be available later this year. A major component of this rich device support includes a new feature called Auto Sync which enables the seamless, automatic synchronization of music, video, and even recorded TV and photos to supported portable devices.
  • Improved All-in-One Smart Jukebox. Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta builds upon the award-winning Windows Media Player 9 Series, delivering fast and flexible playback, unmatched audio and video quality, and smart jukebox features designed to save you time and effort.

First time I've seen this Media Player was in Redmond, two month ago and it looked impressive. Especially the better mobile device support, Microsoft promised us. However, there is no new Pocket PC/Smartphone version announced yet.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Arne Hess on 03.06.04 - 08:25:02

Ouch, that sucks... Installed it and ripping CDs in MP3 isn't part of WM10 anymore but WMA only. While there is nothing bad about WMA I prefer MP3 over WMA because it's platform independent and I can use my ripped music with all devices - from my Pocket PCs/Smartphone to my iPod to other digital music players like the o2 Digital Music Player. So for me MP3 continues to be the number one codec - not because of the quality but its platform independence. Right now - with this Beta preview I have to buy the MP3 codec from a Microsoft partner... :-?

Posted by WM10 Sucks on 14.06.04 - 20:59:27

WM10 totally blows. It doesnt even have radio anymore. And you can even uninstall it. :x

Posted by mferguson on 08.10.04 - 04:37:46

WM10 Sucks!  Took most of the CPU time.  Monitored for over a week after installing.  System response was slow on everything, task manager indicated CPU usage by WM10.  Uninstalled and my system returned to a fast and crisp machine it always had been.  What is WM10 doing in the background?  All auto downloads turned off, no CD's loaded, but yet most CPU time taken.  Stay away

Posted by Carl Van Wormer on 10.02.05 - 16:23:44

[3] I noticed my system becoming sluggish last Friday.  I found that WMP10 was taking most of the time (running in the .  This Monday, when I turned on my computer (off all weekend) WMP10 was taking only 0-2%.  I left a CD playing all week.  Wednesday it was averaging 10%.  Thursday morning it was averaging 30-40%.  After closing the WMP10, CPU time dropped back down to the 0-5% range.  What's going on here?

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