The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 November 2007

DRM a little DRM

Google reports about three hundred results for "windows media player 11 sucks", and this level of anguish seems typical:

The current version, 11, eliminates some of the usability options that make it possible for a tinkerer like me to ensure that the information associated with a given music track — things like "artist," "album," "title"... — are accurate. And when Media Player 11 screws up any of that information, not even reverting to Media Player 10 can fix things. In fact, I have not found any way that I can permanently and irrevocably eliminate WMP11's screwed-up accessory info about some of my tracks; not even changing them in the properties of the .mp3 file itself seems sufficient to persuade WMP, regardless of version, that Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie" isn't really Merle Haggard’s "Misery and Gin."

I'm guessing he reverted all the way back to 6.4:

So, I've fired Windows Media Player and am using what looks for all the world like a slight retooling and user-interface-updating of the media player that used to come with Windows 3.1 — lighter, quicker, less kludgy, and without the Media Library feature that was giving me all that trouble. It means if I want to play tracks in sequence I have to set up a playlist and open that in the program instead of any one track, but I remember how to do that.

I still have version 10; I have been refusing all proffered updates, just in case they try to slip 11 to me.

Posted at 8:24 PM to PEBKAC

Refusing updates was my SOP too, once I'd discovered what a mess 11 is -- but I weakened, hoping maybe I'd figured out how to avoid the worst problems I'd noticed the first time I tried it.

Nope. And the damage proved irreversible. Let this be a warning, boys and girls: the best way to live with 11 is to live without 11.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:38 PM on 27 November 2007

I ran into some problems with Windows Media Player that could not be fixed (in the time allowed). My son recommended VLC media player from It works pretty well.

Posted by: Charles Pergiel at 11:50 PM on 27 November 2007

I tried VLC too, and it's okay. It's shallow of me, but I just couldn't stand that traffic-cone icon.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:15 AM on 28 November 2007

I like WMP 11 :) So go figure :) I don't like IE7 however :(

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:38 AM on 28 November 2007