Pros GUI simpler, more effective and Definitely more attractive.
Cons Too much "iTunes" and "iPod" emulation for my taste, more deeply rooted into the system, lacks versatility of older versions.
Summary At first I thought it was terrific: WMP11 really does the job this time...
Then the similarities to "iTunes" started bugging me. (I don't use iTunes and I don't own an iPod. There are far better MP3 players out there).
Here are some frustrations:
- WMP11's "Monitor folder" automatically added folders (to monitor) and persistently turned itself on and re-added folders everytime I tried to add songs to library.(No more Manually adding songs by search folders or by drag & drop)
Really frustrating for people that want to have more than one Library... I can live with that.
- WMP11 added 2 (two) JPG pictures to every folder I had in my music library, and made them system files.(in my case: 245 folders =
490 extra files that NONE of the other players -not even iTunes- ever added to a library). Now THAT's clutter!! Frustrating when you just want to copy your music library folder to your MP3 player... I can also live with that and delete them from the device.
- The thing that made me uninstall WMP11, was trying to play an old manually edited playlist (m3u file) only to get a message that it (the m3u file) is missing digital rights and never played...
Could not find a way to transfer/export/edit WMP11 playlists to my MP3 player.
Bottom line: WMP11 looks, feels and runs Well, but it lacks the "essential" flexibility of its predecessors. It roots itself even deeper into the system while it takes away the options to turn off (Mostly unnecessary, but nice-to-have) features (like folder monitoring and auto-search for updates).
"Do NOT install this if you use napster or msn music or any other download service..."on by bigwormonmine
Pros Cool interface
Cons Gave up some of the simple aspects of 10 and messes you up in the process!
Summary At first all was great, but then, I could not stream any web content. Napster would not work. Msn music would not work. I have spent 2 days trouble shooting and have gotten napster back and web content back by going back to 10. Dont be a beta tester unless you have lots of time on your hands.
Pros Shiny new interface is quite good other than that not much different to wmp10
Cons The navigation tree that cnet claim is confusing is no longer there and i found this very useful in wmp10
Summary The new interface looks nice and having the repeat and shuffle buttons seperated is much better. And it no longer overwrites the playlist on the right if you accidently double click on something.
The tree previously found in wmp10 has been simplified so much that it is no longer that useful. Also when it is in song mode it displays them in groups by artist yet if you press a letter key it doesnt take you to first artist of that letter.
As someone said previously, if i wanted something as difficult to use as iTunes then i would use iTunes.
Pros album covers in every view , FAST seach.
Cons Doesn't play wmas from a mp3 conversion using MS converter, Drag and Drop organization functionality removed.
Summary Lets hit the cons first.
I have a significant amount of files I converted from MP3 to reduce size and get other Tags. Used the windows converter. The files play w/ WMP 10 and earlier, as well as other apps. But WMP 11 chokes on em, no audio. Trys to play for about 7 seconds then drops it.
Secondly, I used to drag and drop with in the library view to organize everything. Say you wanted to change the genre or add multiple genres. Before U could expand the genre tree and drag files over upon which U were prompted to add or replace the genre. NO longer can U do this in WMP 11. Yes it can be done via the tag editor, but it is not as clean. But where it really becomes a pain is when you have files and go to find album info. You used to be able to drag files to an album that was incomplete in WMP 10, update and boom all files would be associate with that album. No more, now U have to stay in the find info wizard and click over and over again on the album for each track.
This is problematic, cause sometimes the wizard finds two seperate albums, ie the UK version and the US version. This would split the album across two album covers. And to fix that w/o drag and drop is a major pain.
Sad thing is, the new interface would allow for this if the functionality was coded into it.
On to the good. Interface is slick and more visual. You can always see the album art, and the choice of views is better, more like the XP file manager.
The search is phenominal. Superfast and updates as U type. It search base on the view you select, so if U are in artist view it searches artists, song view will search every possible field match (title, artist, etc)
So please MSFT, can U put back in the DnD and allow my converted files to play. This is really a show stopper in my book. I dont want to upgrade if half my collection wont play. And the DnD is pretty important too.
Pros Improved format support, Improved library
Cons Fewer visualisations, problamatic playlists, poor easy of use.
Summary Indeed the ''donkey is ready to kick'' with the latest reincarnation of Microsoft's free music player. Looking at the new version, it looks clutered, dark and somewhat cheap compared to the refined look of WMP10. It is a whole heap of upgrades piled into a window that is now unituative and poorly designed.
Playing music is not nearly as simple or enjoyable as with version 10 or itunes. Especially with a blank playlist greeting you every time you open the program instead of the last playlist or tracks played.
But once you get past these cosmetic and minor issues, WMP has really being improved. The search function is great, the library very intuitive and easy to use and the various options for ripping, burning and enjoying music increased.
The addition of the URGE music store is a welcome one, but I doubt that without very aggresive pricing it will be able to match iTunes success.
In my opinion, keeping the WMP 10 look and adding the functionality of WMP11 would have been better. This version of Windows Media Player just feels cluttered, rushed and unejoyable to use. If this is the future of WMP, iTunes should thrive.