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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 25: Mastering Windows Media Center
within your profile, and any other folders monitored by Windows Media Center that
contain videos. The options allow you to manage your media by name or date.
Both the Picture Library and the Video Library make it easy to manage your collec-
tions. You can view your content by selecting the Folders option. To add picture or
video folders to monitor, click Tasks
Settings Library Setup.
Working with Music
From the Music menu, you can play music saved to folders being monitored by Win-
dows Media Center, and access Internet radio stations. You must have a sound card
to play music. Additionally, you must have an Internet connection in order to use the
radio management functionality. Table 25-4 lists Windows Media Center music
functionality and requirements.
On the Music menu, you have a Play All option for playing all available music, as
well as Music Library, Radio, and Search options. If you select Music Library, you
will see a list of albums and other audio files that are available. As Figure 25-5 shows,
your music is organized in much the same way as it is in Windows Media Player.
You can play all your music, or select albums or individual songs to play. You can
also create playlists that work just like Windows Media Player playlists.
Using the Music Library option you can access music saved in the
Music folder within your profile, and any other folders monitored by
Windows Media Center that contain music. From the main menu,
click Tasks
Settings Library Setup to specify additional music
folders that should be monitored.
The Music Library section lets you view your music library by the following categories:
Albums
Artists
Genres
Songs
Playlists
Composers
Years
Table 25-4. Music and radio functionalities and requirements
Functionality Requirement
Listen to music Sound card
Download online updates to album information Internet connection
Listen to Internet radio Internet connection
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These categories make it very simple to find the music you want to play. You also have
the option to play all of the music in your library, by selecting the Play All button.
When you select an album within your music library, as shown in Figure 25-6, you
have the following options:
Play Album
Plays the selected album from the beginning.
Add to Queue
Adds the album to the active playlist where it is queued to play after any previ-
ously queued music.
Burn
Burns the album to an audio CD or a data CD/DVD. See “Burning Disks,” later
in this chapter, for more information.
Edit Info
Allows you to edit the album details downloaded from the Internet.
Delete
Permanently deletes the album from your computer.
Figure 25-5. Viewing your music
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If you select the Radio option from the Music menu, you can manage the different
aspects of Internet radio, including adding new stations, managing how you sort
them, and listening to the different stations you add. Clicking the Sources selection
opens the Showcase menu. Selecting the Music and Radio option takes you to a
screen listing the preset options available to you—among them VH1 and XM satel-
lite radio. You must have Adobe Flash Player to view some content in the Showcase
menu subsection. You can either click the installation selection available on the
screen provided, or download Flash Player directly from the Adobe web site (http://
www.adobe.com).
You can select many different radio stations from any of these predefined selections.
You can choose by genre or specific radio station listed. Some of the different genres
available are jazz, Latin, metal, new age, oldies, pop, country, and blues. Each genre
has numerous sites to choose from, and offers endless hours of music entertainment.
If you select the Search option from the Music menu, you can search your music by
keyword to find a song, album, artist, and so on. As Figure 25-7 shows, matches for
text you enter are returned as you type, and you can click on a selection to view more
details. To go up to the next level of the menu system from a submenu, move the
pointer around the screen, and then click the Back button.
Figure 25-6. Selecting an album within your library

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