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Microsoft Unveils Windows Media Player 7

Microsoft Corp. Monday rolled out Windows Media Player 7, enabling playback of CD audio, streaming and downloaded audio and video, jukebox capabilities for CD recording, media management, and Internet radio and including a redesigned and unified user interface for common digital media activities.

Available in a preview release for technical evaluators and software developers, Windows Media Player 7 features:

  • Unified player -- playback of streamed and downloadable digital audio, video and Internet radio content is possible
  • CD playback and digital recording -- Jukebox functionality enables users to play or copy an entire CD to their PC in just a few minutes with a single click
  • Enhanced media library -- users can customize, manage and store streamed and downloaded audio, video and radio in a single place
  • Media guide -- users can search, find, download and play audio and video content on the Web with the integrated WindowsMedia.com audio-video guide

"Consumers have told us that they need an easier way to embrace the multiple forms of digital media on their PCs today," said Will Poole, vice president of the digital media division at Microsoft (MSFT). "Windows Media Player 7 is designed to bring these activities together into one unified place, and make digital audio and video an easy-to-use experience for PC users of all levels."

The Windows Media Player 7 Technology Preview for software developers and technical evaluators is available for download now here.

Microsoft's latest upgrade to jukebox capability is part of a move to catch up to RealNetworks -- the leading mulitmedia provider. The two companies have been jousting for supremacy in this field for a few years.