Windows Media Player 9 Beta Released

Chile

The All Purpose Administrator
Not sure, Swilo

Are there any major enhancements between the releases that we should know about? For example, are there additional codecs included, or (more importantly) are there greater restrictions on the codecs media player will handle?

If I have a chance (which is slim) I will attempt to run them side by side to compare.
 
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Swilo

Guest
Their new WMV codec comes with, is about the only "enhancement." Everything else is just a waste of computer space and CPU power.
 

NoNameRequired

Administrator and Blizzard Tech FAQ Editor
Just giving the heads up. I know some of you are satisfied with Media Player 6.4, but this upgrade is worth it especially for those using the Media Player 7 series on Windows 98/ME. Windows XP/2000 users don't really need it but it has some nice features and possibly enhanced performance over Media Player 8.
 
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Swilo

Guest
If they want to improve the performance they need to remove the skinning system and take out all the auto-connect stuff to check for updates.
Then they could plug the memory leaks.
AND they could make a better codec.
Not to mention removing all the unnecessary features like visualization (Which runs even if you turn it off) and playlists and audio support. Everybody has some other program they use for audio like Winamp.
 

NoNameRequired

Administrator and Blizzard Tech FAQ Editor
It's not memory hungry at all if using the "Classic" skin. Oh well, I'm satisfied with Media Player. It has not presented any problems yet.
 
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Swilo

Guest
Even on classic skin my roomy's media player suffered just as much. You know why? Because it's STILL A SKIN BEING LOADED!
 

NoNameRequired

Administrator and Blizzard Tech FAQ Editor
Alright Swilo, let's not have a pointless discussion on Media Player versions. I was simply pointing out the 9 series beta is available for anyone who might want it. To each his own.
 

Chile

The All Purpose Administrator
Many Thanks to Memnoch for linking me to this article:

http://www.vnunet.com/News/1134848

I predict that this will be a mixed blessing for the consumer. Although this technological advance could be a great benefit to anyone with a personal computer, I see yet another way that the consumer could be potentenially screwed by yet another potential monopoly. Any time the consumer gives up the right to self decision, the consumer gets screwed. Instead of cable companies in control of a regulated industry, I see new groups forming in an unregulated environment slanted towards the creator of content, and against the user of content. In another scenario, I see cable companies quickly assuming the position of power. Either way, I remain decidedly against the actions of Microsoft to make decisions for me, a consumer.
 
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