Prompted by a request for help with Windows Media Player (it wouldn’t play internet radio) that ended up being a licensing tick box somewhere in the bowels of Media Player I was hunting round for viable alternatives. By viable I mean not ‘free in lieu of professionally put together’ or ‘free but we’ll take it out of you in installing needless message center software that insists on running whether you want it to, or not’.
My hunt ended with WinAmp. The basic player lacks in the visual department, but the basic with bundled media library is excellent.
So, for now, goodbye Windows Media Player. I had so far resisted downloading Real Player, so am free of persistent message center pop ups. We’ll see if it does just what I want – playing my mp3 files that I’ve stored on my laptop.