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    Windows Media Player 7.1

    Anybody had a good experience with WMP 7.1? I'm still using version 6.4 per recommendations by Woody and other Win newsletters who have reported that it's bloatware. I did finally install IE55 SP1 (5.50.4522.1800IC) and have had no problems with it - but I retained version 6.4 of WMP. The problem with newsgroups is that you always hear the negative reports because people are trying to get solutions. When things work well no one posts.

    So, how about some posts by people who have had positive experiences with WMP 7.1. I downloaded it and would love to install it. Am I overly cautious or what??????

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    I thought it was an exceptional program given its capabilities -- I liked the ease in copying from CD to HD, and the visuals and skins were nice -- but it did have some considerable drawbacks. Although the program itself is small, it uses up a huge amount of resources when running. At home, even when no other programs were running, it exceeded my system capacity; my office pc is much more capable, but it is usually running at close to a constant 100% cpu usage (Win, multiple network sessions, Excel, Access, Outlook and others, frequently simultaneously) without tossing in entertainment extras. The only other "drawback" is it does not support running multiple instances simultaneously.

    Is it bloatware? Absolutely! Is it a good program? If you have a robust enough system, definately. The added bells and whistles make it an enjoyable program to run.

    (FYI, I now use WMP 6.4 for playing video, but WinAmp for audio. Home pc is pentium 120, 48MB ram; office is celeron 400, 64MB ram.)

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    Given your hardware specs, WiMP 7 will be fine - if you run nothing else. It's a hog, and for all the eye candy, it does nothing that many other media players out there will do. I'd recommend as a replacement....

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.ultraplayer.com>UltraPlayer</A>.

    It does everything that WiMP 7x does, everything WinAmp does, and a little more. And it's not real bad on the resources, either. Skinnable, Visuals, the whole schmeer is here.

    Can you tell I'm no fan of WiMP 7? I run an Athlon 1.2GHz machine with 512MB DDR SDRAM as my daily driver and it *still* puts a huge dent in my system's resources. Microsoft didn't get it right this time.

    Any particular reason why you want to try it so badly?
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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    Windows Media Player is a huge spyware application.

    The default is to report on everything that you listen to or see.

    Can you trust turning it all off? Maybe.

    If you do not turn it all off does somebody find out
    everything you watch or hear?

    Yes.


    Just check what it tells you when U upgrade.

    Gosh, ME does not warn you...

    Well, no.

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    Thanks to all for the reports. Not one of you recommend it. I currently use MusicMatch as my MP3 player but I'll look at Winamp and Ultraplayer as subs. MusicMatch is nice but it's pretty piggish with resources.

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    FWIW, I've used winamp for quite some time, and don't have any compaints... it's perfect for that MP3 collection I *don't* have... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    This isn't going to be very popular, but... I use Windows Media Player 7.00.00 1956 on a creaking Pentium ll system and it performs faultlessly for playing the CDs I mainly use it for.

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    Popular or not, if it works, go fer it!! I am admittedly a purist when it comes to digital audio.

    And I would also have to agree with the earlier post that stated that MusicMatch was a resource hog.....cuz it is.
    -Mark

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    Just to throw something in from left field... a nifty little program that has been mentioned a number of times in the software finds forum for graphics is IrfanView. With a plugin irfanview now plays mp3s, cd tracks etc...... <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Windows Media Player 7.1

    Good experience with WiMP71? <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

    I had to scramble to deinstall it and go back to WMP64.

    I use MMJB61 for ripping and writing CDs and MusicMatch Radio. But, I use MP3 Explorer and its associated player to manage my MP3 files and as my default player. I stopped using WinAmp when it starting messing up associations. Might be time to look at it again.

    I am planning to switch to The Playa from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.divx.com>http://www.divx.com</A> when a stable version is released. It is already excellent for DIVX4 encoded video but very flaky with DIVX31 video.

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