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12 Things we hate about Windows Media Player 12


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After upgrading from Windows XP with WMP 10 to Windows 7 with WMP 12 we started organizing the music files and can't explain you how frustrated Iwe were to find out how much things have changed from WMP 10 to WMP 12. We decided to write this articles and no doubt many people will agree with this and say what the h*ll were they thinking.
So lets start with the 12 Things we hate about WMP 12 "downgrade"
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Can't expand genre and artist name. Now it takes double the time to play all songs from a certain genre or artist. First click on Genres then find the genre you want to play and then double click it to play.

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To mass change a genre or Artist Name first you need to play the tracks so they appears in the now playing sidebar and drag and drop the files from there to mass change the genre , artist or album name. In WMP 10 you can drag and drop anything anywhere and job done

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In WMP 10 you can delete files directly from the now playing list and with WMP they have removed that option, so if you want to preview a whole folder and delete the ones you don't like there is no way to do it with WMP 12 without adding them to the library first.

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This is for all wmp versions some genres cannot be all capital letters for example TECHNO genre it will rename it to Techno

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Can't edit Song Name, Artist Name or any other track tags in the Now Playing Side list. It only allows to change the track star rating

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The song position bar gets smaller and smaller and more difficult to click. Imagine if you connect you TV to the computer and navigate using WI-FI keyboard, you have to be really good to hit the song position bar from long distance

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Doesn't have separate rewind buttons and rewinding sounds awful and loud. Sometimes when pressed the next or previous buttons they don't change the song.

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The main music window is not organized very well.It has extra line for each artist which makes the lists very long. Long scrolling is never good

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If there are duplicate files.In WMP 10 you simply press F3 and it will deal with any database problems. WMP12 doesn't have such functions and you have to rely on the program to refresh database which already caused us some problems with duplicate entries

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They have removed the Now Playing section and for videos it switches the whole interface to some now playing mode witch is really confusing.

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Resizing of the panels is limited and for long song names you can't read the full name

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The middle panel doesn't allow drag and drop to mass change Genre , Artist Name etc. This means that with WMP 12 you need to manually type the artists name , genre etc. and it is prone on errors. Drag and Drop is a lot more simple!


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The only one improvement in WMP 12 we found so far are playlists. In WMP 10 if you change the file name of the music file this file will no longer play in the playlist , with WMP 12 they have fixed this problem and the program somehow will find it and play without any problems or error messages In conclusion we will say: We like things simple and if you can't make something more simple and easier to use, DON'T TOUCH IT !