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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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9. Windows Media Player

Getting to Know Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) is your computer’s one-stop media shop, with support for playing digital music, audio CDs, digital videos, and recorded TV shows; ripping music from CDs; burning files to disc; synchronizing with external audio devices; and much more. (Actually “one-stop” isn’t quite accurate. In Windows 8.1, you must use Windows Media Center to play DVD movies and listen to Internet radio.) Windows 8.1 ships with version 12 (technically, version 12.094) of this popular program (see Figure 9.1), which is essentially the same version as the one that came with Windows 7 (which was version 12.076). To launch the program, switch to the Start screen, type media, and then click Windows ...

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