Windows Media Player Reviews

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Love the visualizations and the GUI and how easily you can select a bunch of files to add to playlist.

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Lack of codec support (such as .mkv) and cause High Resource Usage

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An extremely versatile and reliable media player. It is probably one of the most complex pieces of software that came out of Windows Vista and Windows 7: there are very few media players that can match WMP's complexity and features.

However, it is not favorable for those who prefer a minimalistic interface. Moreover, WMP only comes with a limited set of codecs: one would usually need to pair this up with K-Lite Codec Pack to make WMP any useful.

[Edited by 5247009, December 26]

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Don't like it

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It can't read like lots of codecs (.mkv above all)

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Never Liked it

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Seems like its always forced on me and its annoying. The interface has been the same since i can remember. They need to make this simpler and redesign.

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Media Player 12

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You wouldn't think, after all this time of making media players, microsoft would have trouble making one which indexed your library. You would also think that they would be able to give accurate information for song names when you update from the internet.

WMP 12 does neither of these. It's also slow & unintuitive. It also shows half my songs as zero bytes (if you don't chose all the options windows wants you to chose it doesn't really work properly).

Why can't I put the songs in title order and then start typing a track name to skip to it? because windows won't let me (that's a fairly specific person gripe).

I give it 3 out of 10.

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Windows Media Player 10 was the culmination. From the point afterwards, all versions are getting worse.
WMP 12 is laggy and unintuitive.

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Agreed!

It's decent but certainly not desireable. It sucks that you have to download codecs, and it's missing simple things like cross-fade, lyrics, etc..If say, your on a MAC or a Linux machine, I would think 998 people out of 1,000 WOULD NOT go out of there way to look for WMP. I favor clementine, pretty smooth and powerful.