If you insert a DVD and it doesn't run, that's probably the problem. Installing a decoder is typically a simple software update you can download from the Web. The classic menus have been replaced by an organized tab system, making managing and viewing your digital media easier than ever.
Now Playing—When you select online or locally stored content for playback, the Now Playing window displays a list of the content you're playing.
An optional Visualizations feature can be used to display album art when available or various animated abstractions that change in response to the music. A personal favorite of mine called PixelTrip can be obtained from the Windows Media Player website at http: Another excellent visualization is provided by Brian Spangler and is called TwistedPixel.
You can download it from his website for free at www. Library—Use this feature to organize and locate your favorite media types you've downloaded or created with Rip. As you download and create music, Media Player automatically creates album and artist information for audio and video content. You also can view content by type and by genre. Rip—Click this button to copy all or selected tracks from your favorite music CDs to the Music folder on your system. TIP When you copy music, by default, Windows Media Player prevents copied tracks from being played on any other computer.
If you want to disable this feature so you can move copied music from one PC to another, uncheck the box labeled Copy Protect Music in the Rip Music dialog box that appears when you click More Options in the Rip tab menu. Standalone CD players are designed to handle single-session CDs and won't work if you add music later. If you want to create a CD for playback on your computer, use Windows Explorer's Copy to CD feature instead, which will allow you to copy music over several sessions.
Sync—After you download or convert music tracks to WMA format, use this feature to transfer your music mix to PlaysForSure compatible portable audio players. The arrows below each tab provide quick access to setting and options relevant to the task of that tab. For instance, as shown in Figure 8.
Redesigned Browsing and Searching The navigation of the music library is similar to that in Windows Explorer. NOTE For the best browsing and search experience, ensure that the media information is correct and up to date as described in the section "Updating Media Information and Album Art. Click the Select a Category button to choose the type of media to browse, as shown in Figure 8. Choose the desired view for your media. This includes Artist, Album, Songs, Genre, and more. Narrow the items shown for the chosen view by clicking the arrow on the Address bar, as shown in Figure 8.
Searching can also be used to narrow the view of a chosen media category. After you have chosen a category as described in Step 1, enter your search term into the search box as shown in Figure 8. These include audio CDs and video DVDs, media stored on your hard disk, and media accessible over a home network.
Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab and select the drive that contains the disk you want to play, as shown in Figure 8. If you want to add an item to the Now Playing list, right-click the item and select Add to Now Playing. Now Playing items can be navigated using the same playback controls described in the previous section.
To do this, click the Turn Shuffle On button shown in Figure 8.