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 videolan.org. 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