Playing Your Media
Player reads this code and sends it to a Windows Media database to display the album
art, album title, artist, and song titles. This information is then stored in the Win-
dows Media Player cache so that it is available the next time you play the music CD.
If you aren’t connected to the Internet and the required information wasn’t previ-
ously downloaded into the Windows Media Player cache, you’ll see the title
“Unknown CD.” You can force Windows Media Player to refresh the media infor-
mation by right-clicking Now Playing and then choosing the audio CD again. When
working with audio CDs, you’ll see the standard Controls toolbar.
With audio CDs, you can display visualizations. You can choose from among the
many different types of visualizations available by right-clicking Now Playing, point-
ing to Visualizations, and then selecting a desired visualization on the Alchemy, Bars
and Waves, or Battery submenu. Some of the visualizations are soothing, such as
➝ Event Horizon and Bars and Waves ➝ Ocean Mist. Other visualizations are
frenetic, such as Alchemy
➝ Random and Bars and Waves ➝ Scope.
To display the album art or audio book cover rather than a visualization, as shown in
Figure 8-16, right-click Now Playing, point to Visualizations, and then select Album
Art. You can turn off visualizations by right-clicking Now Playing, pointing to Visu-
alizations, and then selecting No Visualization.
Enhancing Your Playback
Windows Media Player 11 includes several controls for enhancing audio and video
playback. When you are working with Now Playing, you can display these controls by
right-clicking Now Playing, pointing to Enhancements, and then selecting the custom
control you want to use to enhance the playback. Once custom controls are displayed,
you can navigate among them using the Forward and Back buttons to the left of the
control name. You can close the controls by clicking the Close button (the red button
with the X in the upper-right corner of the control window), or by right-clicking Now
Playing, pointing to Enhancements, and then clicking Show Enhancements.
Figure 8-15. Selecting an audio CD to play