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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Entertainment Features

This submenu of your StartPrograms folder might be better named "Multimedia," because all four of these programs pertain to sound and video.

CD Player

The CD Player program (Figure 9-12) serves as the front panel for your computer's music CD-playing features, complete with Play, Stop, Pause, Next Track, Eject, and other familiar buttons. If you insert an audio CD into the CD drive and start CD Player, you'll be asked if you want to download information about the CD from the Internet.

CD Player gives every CD the name "New Title," and every song on it is "Track 1," "Track 2," and so on. Fortunately, the program can consult an Internet database to download the actual CD and track names, which it fills in automatically and remembers for the next time you insert the disc. This option alone is a major improvement over the bad old days when you had to type all the track information in.

Figure 9-12. CD Player gives every CD the name "New Title," and every song on it is "Track 1," "Track 2," and so on. Fortunately, the program can consult an Internet database to download the actual CD and track names, which it fills in automatically and remembers for the next time you insert the disc. This option alone is a major improvement over the bad old days when you had to type all the track information in.

Next, the CD begins to play. Click the Track arrow to see the names (and lengths) of the tracks, as shown in Figure 9-12. You can change tracks by clicking the list; click the Disc button (or just look at the top of the window) to see the name of the CD.

The Mode menu lets you choose to play tracks at random, repeat a track until you go mad, repeat the entire CD until you go mad, or preview each track (for an amount of time you set by clicking OptionsPreferences). For volume ...

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