Description and availability of Windows Media Player 11
This article describes how to obtain Windows Media Player 11. This article also contains information about the new features in Windows Media Player 11 and about the minimum system requirements to install this program.
Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 11. To download Windows Media Player 11, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
The following are some of the new features and capabilities that are included in Windows Media Player 11:
- New options for ripping your music: Windows Media Audio Pro and WAV (Lossless) formats
- URGE, from MTV Networks, as the featured digital music service
- Album art views for easier referencing when you browse through Artist, Album, and Song views
- The stacking of albums that share the same characteristics (for example, artist, genre, and year of release)
- Advanced audio fingerprinting to make sure that all your tracks are tagged appropriately
- Functionality that lets you create custom CDs
- A Media Sharing feature that lets you stream the contents of your library to networked devices
- New sync features
Minimum system requirements for Windows Media Player 11The following hardware and software are required to use Windows Media Player 11.
For more information about the hardware and software that are required to use certain features in Windows Media Player 11, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
|Operating system||Windows XP Home Edition SP2, Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2, or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2.||Same as required configuration. Additionally, visit the Windows Update site, and then install any high-priority updates that are available for the computer.|
|Processor||A 233-megahertz (MHz) processor, such as an Intel Pentium II or Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processor.||A 1.5-gigahertz (GHz) processor or faster, especially if you intend to synchronize video files to a portable device.|
|RAM||64 megabytes (MB).||512 MB or more.|
|Free hard disk space||200 MB.||60 gigabytes (GB).|
|Optical drive||CD or DVD drive.||CD drive for playing audio CDs.|
CD-RW drive for burning CDs.
DVD drive for playing DVDs.
|Modem||28.8 kilobits per second (Kbps).||Active broadband connection.|
|Sound card||16-bit sound card.||24-bit sound card.|
Compatible 5.1 multichannel audio sound card (for example, Creative Sound Blaster Live! or M-Audio Revolution 5.1) for playing multichannel audio content.
|Monitor||Super VGA resolution (800 by 600 pixels).||Same as required configuration, or a higher resolution.|
|Video card||Video card with 64 MB of RAM (VRAM) and DirectX 9.0b.||Video card with 256 MB or more of RAM, and DirectX 9.0b or a later version.|
For more information about DirectX, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
|Sound output device||Speakers or headphones.||5.1 multichannel speakers.|
For more information about device compatibility, see the documentation for the computer's sound card.
|Software||Microsoft ActiveSync is required if you are using a Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PC or Smartphone.|
For more information about the version of ActiveSync required for a device, see the portable device documentation.
|Same as required configuration.|
|Internet browser||Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or Netscape 7.1.||Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 2 or Netscape 7.1.|
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
Article ID: 925850 - Last Review: 02/13/2007 02:48:21 - Revision: 1.2
Microsoft Windows Media Player 11
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