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    Windows Media Player

    What a mess! Blew my Hard drive,installed new hard drive formatted and reistalled ME O/S including Media Player version 7.0.Had my entire harddrive backed up on "Sony Superstation 10Gig Backup tape.Restored all my files back from Sony Tape.But
    Have 3 CD albums only I have purchased and recorded to Playlists,recordings in My Documents>my music.Can't play them now because I never Backed up "Licences"!!! Didn't even know I had to have "licences"!
    what the heck do I do now?Have the music files in my music folder but can't play them with Media Player because I've lost whatever licencing I had.Do I delete sound files in "My Music" folder, and how do I delete these CD listings in Media player 7.0?
    Know there is a new Media Player 9.0 version to download but have heard it carries some spy ware.Bascially know nothing about version 9.0 except Add/Remove doesn't list Windows media Player for removal,so if I download new player, I assume You download it over top of older version 7.0??
    And what or how do I delete the existing Playlists from media player 7.0 .Have no licience to play existing files,will have to clean out Media player 7.0 first??
    Alot of questions here,have been able to retrieve from Microsoft some licences but none for my 3 Cd purchased and downloaded albums.Can attach what licences Microsoft has supplied, good enough to play some of Media players Default samples but thats all.
    Alot of questions here,don't even know where to start.Help!!! tnx,

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    As you stated.... a lot of questions. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> However, they all seem to relate to Windows Media Player and the way it handles music files.

    If your licenses are gone, then the best thing to do is to delete the files and re-record them from the source CDs.

    For Windows Media Player, I highly recommend upgrading to version 9. It's much better. You can install it directly from Windows Update, and the installation will upgrade your existing media player to the current version. Your playlists can be deleted post-upgrade.

    Once you've completed the setup, you should be presented with a wizard that allows you to de-select the option to license content you rip. I never allow Media Player to protect songs that I rip from CDs for exactly the reason you've posted - licenses. WMP 9 will prompt you to back up your licenses, but if you disable the option to "protect" your music you won't need to. Further, you can play the songs back on any computer (depending on the format of the files) without a prompt for licenses.

    A final note - WMP does not carry any spyware. It does periodically want to check for updates from Microsoft, but you can disable any and all "calls to home" from within the options panel in Media Player.
    -Mark

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Thanks Mark for getting back to me on this issue. Yes I lost my liciences to "My Music" dumped them and rerecorded them thru Wmp and all is well so far, I have brought media player back to where it was before Hard drive blew.Yes I understand how to download new version 9 off "Windows Update site".
    However,I am 66 years old and have never ripped music to a CD because I don't have a Cd writable drive,however I may use the new Apple "Itunes for windows to download some music in the future.
    Thank you for your very easy to understand instructions,really appreciate them. Last question, I'm running ME O/S on a 333mh older E machine 160mb of ram, 56k modem.Really wonder if my little machine can handle Version 9wmp.Don't use it alot but if you come back saying you would still recommend up grade, I will do so.And thanks for tid bit about 9 having no spyware.
    Really appreciate your input, Respectfully,

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Jim, glad to be of assistance.

    I still think WMP 9 is the way to go because Microsoft finally got it right with that release. WMP 7 was a notorious pig on system resources, and I never really liked using it. As with most Microsoft releases, they didn't get it really right until the third iteration (7 was a complete re-write of the media player, where 6 was based on different technology). 7, 8, 9 - 1, 2, 3. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> The version numbers don't always tell the whole story. 9 should run a whole lot smoother on your PC than 7 does, if experience is any guide.

    As far as "ripping" CDs, what I was referring to was the ability of Media Player to extract the audio information from a CD and convert it into a computer file. In this regard, WMP 9 shines. The newer Windows Media 9 technologies allow for the same sound quality at about half the disk space required for an MP3 file of the same song.

    A final note - iTunes is a great idea, but it uses a proprietary format for audio files called AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) which as far as I know doesn't work outside of Apple's iTunes software. Dell recently revealed an online music store, and Microsoft has plans for the same. There is also a website called "BuyMusic.com" but it's saddled with strange rules that vary from song to song, making it an exercise in frustration.

    Hope that helps!
    -Mark

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Thanks again Mark, I'll go ahead and download 9.Itunes also does not support Windows Me so that was not a good idea,I'll wait for Microsoft. Regards,

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    Re: Windows Media Player

    Jim--

    I just want to encourage you by all means to download Windows Media 9. I also want to encourage you to rip some CD's. Not trying to be "gee whiz golly gosh" here, but I am pretty impressed that a lot of things work the way they do, including TV (with or without a Tivo) and the telephone. The ability just to rip CD's to your hard drive--and notice the feature where you can simply right click on an entry--that is any "song" and add it to a playlist and make it up the way you want for easy combinations--this was probably in WMP 7 as well-- a feature I use all the time. These links may help you:

    Build a Digital Juke Box WMP 9

    Windows Media 9 Series Features

    Copy Music (Rip) from a CD to WMP9

    Demos

    You can check out the hyperlinks on the left "task pane" of these pages, and also you can go to View>Enhancements>and control Cross Fading and Volume Leveling.

    By the way, as far as Windows phoning Redmond and spying on you, there is no application where you cannot overtly control any of this. There is much on the web written that is just not true about Microsoft trying to spy on people. I must say that a feature widely touted in Office and enhanced in Microsoft Office Systems 2003 called smart tags was removed from Windows XP--it was in the Betas purely because of extreme ignorance on the part of a large percent of the PC using public who believed that it was a method for MS to spy and who misunderstood what they did. Microsoft was so afraid of the negative and wrong perception of smart tags that they removed it from the operating system.

    Enjoy.

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