Controlling My Music Playback
After you have located the songs you want to hear using the techniques discussed
previously, Music Center allows you full control of the playback experience with
your remote control, your mouse, or your keyboard:
Remote control—To play, pause, skip forward or backward, and so on, use
the transport controls as described in Chapter 4 (see Figure 4.1).
Mouse—Just move the mouse to make the audio transport controls appear
onscreen (see Figure 5.1 in Chapter 5).
Keyboard—To control audio functions, use the keyboard shortcuts for audio
controls, as described in Chapter 5 (see Table 5.5) .
Additional Audio Options
My Music gives you several additional ways to customize your listening experience,
including the capability to repeat and visualize audio tracks.
Repeat
Along with the Play and Shuffle playback options offered in My Music, you can also
choose to repeat a track. Just select the Repeat tab, available from the Now Playing
screen (see Figure 14.13). Place a check mark next to the tracks you want to repeat.
When you’ve finally gotten your fill of that particular musical selection, just press
OK again on your remote control to clear the Repeat command.
Visualize
Microsoft has incorporated into the My Music interface the ability to choose from
various visualization schemes that let you experience your audio collection in a new
and very interesting way. The results range from a primitive—and perhaps a little
hokey—synchronized graphic that looks as though it was created with a Hasbro
Spirograph and some colored pens, to sophisticated full-color effects worthy of the
psychedelic light travel sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey (see Figure 14.14). Don’t
be surprised if you find yourself mesmerized!
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FIGURE 14.13
When you select
Repeat, My
Music will show
your choice by
placing a check
mark in the
Repeat tab.
FIGURE 14.14
After you select
Visualize, you
can use the
Ch+/Ch- buttons
on your remote
control to scroll
through the var-
ious visualiza-
tion schemes.
THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM
Your old stereo is about to hang its head in shame. The My Music interface in Media
Center allows you to manage and take pleasure in your music using technology
your traditional home audio system never dreamed of.
To get the most out of Media Center’s music playback features, be sure to do this:
Set Music Center to be your default music player for audio CDs. This way
you’ll always be able to control CD playback with your remote.
Your days of playing “name that tune” to find music tracks on your PC are
over. My Music lets you slice and dice music metadata, allowing you to sort
songs by album, artist, song title, or genre.
My Music includes a powerful search engine. Search by any keyword—or
even a particular letter—to find exactly the music you want, every time.
Choose your weapon—remote control, mouse, or keyboard—to manage
music playback. Whichever way you are most comfortable interacting with
your computer system, Media Center supports it.
Sample some of the interesting graphic visualizations Media Center provides,
and select the perfect optical accompaniment to each musical selection.
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