Windows Media Player

What is Windows Media Player?

Windows Media Player is the Windows proprietary media player that can play video and audio in native Windows formats, and by using extensions, other formats as well. The first Media Player was introduced in 1991 for the Windows 3.0 operating system, and included only the playback of video and audio. Today, the Windows Media Player, aside from being the default choice of most playback options – being bundled along with the Windows OS itself – it can also generate and store an XML-based playlist, rip music from CDs (and burn music to CDs as well), sync content to MP3 player or other similar devices, and even buy directly from a network of online music stores using the Windows Media Player interface.

Windows Media Player is also fully customizable, with a variety of skins and enhanced playback features (such as brightness and saturation for video, SRS WOW for audio, among others), and features advanced shell integration – thus, for example, you can directly MP3 files to a playlist on Windows Media Player. It also has the visualizations feature, a sort of computer generated display of colors and shapes when an audio file is played, and can stream media files starting from Windows Media Player 10.

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