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    Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    When I stick a new audio CD into the drive, it comes up with a box which asks me whether it should use Windows Media Player or Real Player to play the CD.

    Has anybody any views of which is likely to be better?

    Windows Media player is version 9.0.0.3008
    RealOne Player is version 2.0 build 6.0.11.853
    (if either of these make any difference!)
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    Re: Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    John,

    At one time only certain formats could be run on WMP or RP and the result was having to have both available.
    Since WMP 9, I have since removed RP completely and SO FAR, have not had a problem with conflicting formats. So WMP9 has done the job fine, for me at least. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    Bob

    I agree with you -- but for the fact that the BBC only provides internet broadcasts in RealPlayer format! A real <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>.

    The predecessor to this XP box, a 500 MHz Celeron running Windows 98 SE, was rendered almost unusable by the installation of RealPlayer, and burst back into life when it was uninstalled. So I'm not wildly keen on RealPlayer.
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    Re: Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    John--

    I don't like Real as well because WMP9 has considerably more features and they make it tedious to download the free player, but a lot of the media outlets and major TV networks here play their broadcasts or webcasts on real:

    Comparison Charts and Studies of WMP9 v. Real One Players:

    Top 10 Windows Media Player Features that Real One Can't Match
    Windows Medial and Real Player Comparisons Overview Page
    Smart Computing Picks WMP9 over Real One
    Comparison Study of WMP for Windows XP v. Real Jukebox 2.0 Basic and Real One Peformance Test
    Player Feature Comparison
    Independent Study Shows Windows Media Player Twice as Fast as Real One
    Approach White Papers Comparing Media Players WMP v. Real

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    Re: Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    SMBP

    Where do you get all these references from? It seems you are employed full-time in tracking down solutions to my problems, for which I thank you immensely! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>

    PS Why don't you adopt a name less opaque than SMBP?
    Anyway, I think Hieronymous is a load of Bosİh (but he was a brilliant painter!).
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    Re: Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    I'm auditioning for the job, John, but I know I have to get a lot sharper and cover a lot more territory.

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    Re: Playing CDs/DVDs (XP1)

    On Tech TV's Call For Help MP3 Jukebox Software their lab expert who is a part time DJ made the point that if you keep all the volume levers on your Sound Card interface and volume control on all the dialouge boxes on the Sounds and Audio Devices dialogue box to about half way up instead of full throttle where many people put it, and then use your speaker volume or your stereo devices if they're hooked into your computer you'll get less sound distortion. You can try this out. I suppose that might go for that little volume lever on WMP as well.

    Tech TV is owned by Paul Allen of Microsoft Fame after he kicked in pocket change of 54 million to buy it from Ziff Davis (PC Mag)--and some change to buy the Seattle Seahawks football team. They broadcast in Europe and the UK via satellite and cable, but their newsletters are free and they put all the downloads and tips/shownotes in your mail box.

    See Tech TV Newsletters.

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