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Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Media Player 7 Bonus Pack With MP3 Converter

Microsoft Corp. Monday released the free Bonus Pack for the Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 that includes a tool which enables users to convert MP3 files into the Windows Media Audio format, new skins and visualizations, and a tool to convert existing Winamp skins into Windows Media Player skins. For the holidays, the Bonus Pack includes a visualization of a snowman that dances to music, and fans of Windows Media Player 7 can download a special animated, seasonal skin that offers streamed holiday music courtesy of MSN.

"We built the right software to make digital media easy," said Dave Fester, general manager of marketing for the Digital Media Division at Microsoft. "Not only is the Windows Media Player 7 the best way for all users to enjoy digital media, the new Bonus Pack builds on this vision and offers an early holiday present from Microsoft to the many millions of people who have chosen Windows Media Player 7."

The Bonus Pack includes a variety of tools and enhancements to make Windows Media Player 7 even more versatile and fun:

  • MP3 converter. Audio Converter 3.0 Limited Edition enables users to double the amount of music stored on their PC by converting their MP3 files to smaller Windows Media Audio files.
  • Winamp Skin Importer. This tool converts existing Winamp skins into Windows Media Player 7 skins, enabling users to enjoy customized playback.
  • New player skins. The Bonus Pack includes new skins such as Gyrosphere, Figure8, Atomic and Bluesky as well as some of the most popular skins from WindowsMedia.com, including the Digital DJ skin. When users tell the Digital DJ what they want to hear - such as artist, genre or song length - the skin builds a customized playlist of the selected music.
  • Visualizations. Eight new collections of visualizations move in time to the music, including Eclectic Colors, StarTime, Blazing Colors, Softie the Snowman, Kid Drawing and more.
  • PowerToys. Three PowerToys - the Deluxe CD Data Converter, the Most Recently Used Cleaner and the PowerToys skin - enable advanced users to import track information collected by the Deluxe CD Player or Microsoft CD Player into the Windows Media Player database, to clear the Windows Media Player most recently used file list and to manage their Windows Media Player 7 media libraries.

The Bonus Pack and the special holiday skin are available for free download now through WindowsMedia.com.



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