Microsoft’s Music Store: Opening Soon?

According to an article on Silicon.com Microsoft’s new Music Store (MSN Digital Music Store) could open as early as next month.  More from their aricle below.


The online music market, which archrival Apple’s iTunes store is mopping up around 70 per cent of, could see a Microsoft play from August, according to the Financial Times. The FT claims that while details of a pricing structure aren’t confirmed, the record labels are likely to give Microsoft terms similar to those they have given Apple – which would see Redmond peddling pop for 99 cents and 79p a track.


It’s thought that the service will be run on a pay-per-download basis – in the iTunes style – rather than on a subscription model, favoured by some song shops, such as Napster. The song shop is likely to appear as a feature on the MSN homepage – giving it a potential audience of 350 million visitors a month.


http://networks.silicon.com/webwatch/0,39024667,39122766,00.htm

NVIDIA’s New Decoder Status (ForceWare MM and NVDVD)

This is right from NVIDIA.  This is good(In my mind) because we are now getting NVIDIA to work with their partners to give use the best product they can!


I would like update everyone with reguard to the status of NVDVD/FWMM 3.x and 4.x from NVIDIA.


1) We have decided to only ship 3.x with OEM, Retail and NVIDIA.COM hardware bundles. There are currently no plans to sell 3.x as a standalone application or decoder pack. The bundles typically include either the DVD/Music/Photos/Videos application or the full suite including TV, PVR, EPG, DVD Burning, etc. It is likely that the 4.x decoder will be available for purchase via NVIDIA.COM at some point in the future. The best way to get 3.x decoders today is via a board bundle. The best way to get 4.x decoders in the very near future is via TheaterTek 2.0 or MS MediaCenter 2004 systems from OEMs that have choosen to ship the NVIDIA solution.


2) There are many different types of decoder packages available out there today. Some are locked to NVIDIA hardware, some are locked to certain applications and some are fully unlocked and can be used on any manufactures hardware and any application. The choice of which style of locks are used is purely up to the OEM or retail partner. This should explain the situations in which same version decoders from different sources behave differently on different systems/environments.


4) 4.x is our newest version and includes support for hardware accelerated cadence based inv 3:2 pulldown as well as lots of other quality improvements. Cadence based inv 3:2 is the same feature that is in the VPP today but using hardware instead of software.


5) 4.x is the version that we have qualified for use with Microsoft MCE 2004 as well as TheaterTek 2.0. The team has worked very closely with TheaterTek and Microsoft MCE teams to ensure that the 4.x decoders are the absolute best that they can be.


Thank you for your continued support of NVIDIA Multimedia solutions.

Alienware’s Hybrid Flat Panel TV/Media Center PC

Alienware is innovating again, this time with an all-in-one, wall-mountable 30-inch TFT/LCD widescreen TV with an integrated Windows Media Center PC inside. Alienware DHD systems, which are based on Hy-Tek’s TekPanel 300 enclosure, will feature “Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 3.4 GHz and the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 operating system. ATI Radeon graphics, configurable up to X800 XT Platinum Edition with 256MB DDR3 video RAM, and optical drives up to 12x DVD±R/RW, provide an unparalleled cinematic experience. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound completes the package with superior audio quality.”
 

We not sure how popular this type of TV/PC combo device will be, but “Microsoft is excited about the introduction of Alienware DHD systems,” said Brad Brooks, Director of Marketing for the Windows XP Consumer Product Line at Microsoft Corp. “The integration of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 within a self-contained, multi-functional LCD panel is a great example of the innovative designs that consumers are demanding that change the way they can experience digital media in the home.“

 
http://news.designtechnica.com/article4876.html

More Little WMP Help Articles

Guide To Errors 80040200, 00040257, C00D109A In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10919.aspx

 

CD Burning Problems With Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10918.aspx

 

Guide To Error 80040154 In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10917.aspx

 

Guide To Error C00D0BBE In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10906.aspx

 

Guide To Error 800C0008 In Windows Media Player
http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10905.aspx

Guide To Error 80040200 and 00040257 In Windows Media Player



General – Troubleshooting Playback

Unable to download an appropriate decompressor or Error downloading codec or Error’s 80040200/00040257 can have a few different solutions depending on exactly what you are playing or try to play in Windows Media Player.

 

AVI Files – Troubleshooting Playback

If you are not completely sure about what video codec’s are or do I would suggest installing ffdshow (Download ffdshow-20050216.exe) (Project Homepage).  This is a simple DirectShow filter (also called a codec or decoder) that will decode (allow you to play) DivX, XviD, 3ivX, and more.

 

AVI Files – Getting the Specific Codec You Need

Please follow the steps below to find and download the specific video codec you need to enable Windows Media Player to play your AVI files.

  • Download the GSpot Codec Tool
  • Install the program
  • Open it.  Select File | Open and select your AVI file
  • Look for the FourCC code for the file’s Video Codec
  • Visit the FourCC website and find out who develops that codec
  • You can now go to that developers website to download your codec.  You can also visit the Codec section of wmplugins.
  • Note: Do not download anything labeled as a “Codec Pack” or from the links at the top of the FourCC website.  This will help you stay out of trouble when playing your files.

More AVI Playback Help: Guide To AVI Playback In Windows Media Player

 

MPEG or MPG Files – Troubleshooting Playback

Reinstalling DirectX will overwrite quartz.dll and re-register the file in Windows.  quartz.dll is the MPEG-1 Decoder that WMP will default to.


Reinstalling your MPEG-2 or DVD decoder would be the next step.  Windows Media Player does not include an MPEG-2 decoder.  If you can get this error for a few MPEG files, there is a chance they are MPEG-2 video.  You can use the Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility to see if you currently have an MPEG-2/DVD decoder installed if you are running Windows XP.  From within the program you can then set it was the default MPEG decoder.  If you see nothing listed, you would want to reinstall that application in order to reinstall the decoder.  WinDVD and PowerDVD are two examples of software that would install MPEG-2 decoders that Windows Media Player can use.

 

Please see DVD and MPEG-2 Support and Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility for more information about MPEG-2 and DVD Playback in Windows Media Player.


More MPEG and DVD Playback Help: Guide To MPEG Playback In Windows Media Player

 

WMA or WMV - Troubleshooting Playback

Make sure that on Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP that you have atleast Windows Media Player 9 Series or later installed.  If you have WMP9 or later installed and it doesn’t work, reinstall the Codec Installation Package for Windows Media Player.  This should reinstall all Windows Media Codec’s on your system.  It’s also a good idea to reinstall DirectX just after you install the Windows Media Codec’s.

 

 

MP3 Files – Troubleshooting Playback

Go to C:\Windows\System32\l3codeca.acm and rename the file to l3codeca.bak.  Then open WMP and go to Help>>Check for Updates.  This will re-download the decoder and place a new copy on your system.  If that does not do it then go to Start | Run | Type “regsvr32.exe l3codeca.acm

 

RM, RMVB, RA, RAM Files – Troubleshooting Playback

These file formats are proprietary to RealNetworks and can only be played back in RealPlayer .

 

MOV - Troubleshooting Playback

This format is proprietary to Apple Computer and can only be played back in QuickTime.

 

 

Media Advice Archive

Why do I get a “class not registered” error message (or error codes 80040154 or 80004200) when I’m trying to play a video file?

 

Why can’t I download an appropriate decompressor?

 

Where can I learn more about codecs for the Player?

 

The Player displays “error downloading codec.” What can I do?

 

Windows Media Player FAQ

Why does the Player display a visualization instead of the video when I play an .avi file?

 

Why does the Player display a visualization instead of the video (or return an error message) when I try to play an .mpg or .mpeg file?

 

Will installing the DivXNetworks Nimo or Tsunami codec packs solve all of my playback problems?

 

Do I need to install any special codecs to play Windows Media Audio and Video files?

 

Why didn’t the codec download successfully?

 

 




CD Burning Problems With Windows Media Player



Basic Information

The following link should help you out with any troubleshooting not provided by the Media Advice Archive in regards to basic CD Burning problems.  Basic CD Burning Troubleshooting.  Windows Media Player just uses the systems IMAPI Burner.  Upgrades or downgrades from WMP 8 to 9 or 9 or 10 should not really fix much.  The system burner is not very good, thus if the information here does not help you at all, it’s best just to use a good program to burn CD’s with until a new IMAPI Burner is built.

 

In addition to the page above you will want to reinstall Windows Media Player over itself.  Windows Media Player Download

 

The following link should help you out with any troubleshooting not provided by the Media Advice Archive in regards to your CD Burner not being detected in Windows Media Player.  Additional Device Not Detected Information.  Also view Your CD-RW drive is not recognized as a rewritable drive in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

 

If nothing above helps you in troubleshooting Windows Media Player and CD Burning then you should try the Nero Fast Burn Plug-In.  Currently, this plug-in works with WMP 9 only.  Ahead Software will hopefully have a new version out soon that will work with WMP 10.

 

The last step is to use a different program to burn CD’s.  I would suggest either Nero 6 or Easy CD/Media Creator

 

Media Advice Archive

Whenever I try to burn a CD, Windows Media Player stops or displays an error. What can I do?

 

Why doesn’t the Player recognize my CD-R or CD-RW drive?

 

Why can’t I burn a CD after I run System Restore?

 

Why do I receive the error “Windows Media Player does not detect any storage media in the selected device. Insert media into the device” when I try to burn a CD?

 

Why can’t the Player find the files I want to burn to a CD?




Guide To Error 80040154 In Windows Media Player



General – Troubleshooting Playback

Class Not Registered or Error 80040154 can have a few different solutions depending on exactly what you are playing or try to play in Windows Media Player.

 

If you are getting this error for content other then AVI files and MPEG files then you will want to reinstall Windows Media Player over itself.  For more general information please see I’m getting error 80040154 when trying to play content.

 

AVI Files – Troubleshooting Playback

If you are not completely sure about what video codec’s are or do I would suggest installing ffdshow (Download ffdshow-20050630.exe) (Project Homepage).  This is a simple DirectShow filter (also called a codec or decoder) that will decode (allow you to play) DivX, XviD, 3ivX, and more.

 

AVI Files – Getting the Specific Codec You Need

Please follow the steps below to find and download the specific video codec you need to enable Windows Media Player to play your AVI files.

  • Download the GSpot Codec Tool
  • Install the program
  • Open it.  Select File | Open and select your AVI file
  • Look for the FourCC code for the file’s Video Codec
  • Visit the FourCC website and find out who develops that codec
  • You can now go to that developers website to download your codec.  You can also visit the Codec section of wmplugins.
  • Note: Do not download anything labeled as a “Codec Pack” or from the links at the top of the FourCC website.  This will help you stay out of trouble when playing your files.

More AVI Playback Help: Guide To AVI Playback In Windows Media Player

 

MPEG or MPG Files – Troubleshooting Playback

Reinstalling DirectX will overwrite quartz.dll and re-register the file in Windows.  quartz.dll is the MPEG-1 Decoder that WMP will default to.


Reinstalling your MPEG-2 or DVD decoder would be the next step.  Windows Media Player does not include an MPEG-2 decoder.  If you can get this error for a few MPEG files, there is a chance they are MPEG-2 video.  You can use the Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility to see if you currently have an MPEG-2/DVD decoder installed if you are running Windows XP.  From within the program you can then set it was the default MPEG decoder.  If you see nothing listed, you would want to reinstall that application in order to reinstall the decoder.  WinDVD and PowerDVD are two examples of software that would install MPEG-2 decoders that Windows Media Player can use.

 

Please see DVD and MPEG-2 Support and Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility for more information about MPEG-2 and DVD Playback in Windows Media Player.


More MPEG and DVD Playback Help: Guide To MPEG Playback In Windows Media Player

 

WMA or WMV - Troubleshooting Playback

Make sure that on Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP that you have atleast Windows Media Player 9 Series or later installed.  If you have WMP9 or later installed and it doesn’t work, reinstall the Codec Installation Package for Windows Media Player.  This should reinstall all Windows Media Codec’s on your system.  It’s also a good idea to reinstall DirectX just after you install the Windows Media Codec’s.

 

 

Other

E-mail Attachments - Any attachments from e-mail’s should always be saved to your hard drive before attempting to play them in Windows Media Player.  Depending on your e-mail client this can be done in many ways, check with your provider for more.  Remember that it must be a supported file type after you download the attachmnet to be able to play it in Windows Media Player.

 

WAV Files - WAV is just a container like AVI, however mainly for just audio.  GSpot (Above) can be used to find out what audio codec is used inside the WAV file.

 

MP3 Files – Go to C:\Windows\System32\l3codeca.acm and rename the file to l3codeca.bak.  Then open WMP and go to Help>>Check for Updates.  This will re-download the decoder and place a new copy on your system.  If that does not do it then go to Start | Run | Type “regsvr32.exe l3codeca.acm”  If that doesn’t do it for you the MP3 might have Bad ID3 Tags or could just be corrupt.

 

Other - If nothing listed helps you most likely would either want to do one or both of the following…

  • Post in the Windows Media Player Newsgroups with the exact context of your problem.  Don’t just say nothing here or on the web helped, that doesn’t tell anyone a single thing to help you.  Newsgroups are maintained by Windows Media Player users, not Microsoft. so the seconds step is to…
  • Contact Microsoft Product Support.


Media Advice Archive

 

Why do I get a “class not registered” error message (or error codes 80040154 or 80004002) when I’m trying to play a video file?

 

Why can’t I download an appropriate decompressor?

 

Where can I learn more about codecs for the Player?

 

Windows Media Player FAQ

 Why does the Player display a visualization instead of the video when I play an .avi file?

 

Why does the Player display a visualization instead of the video (or return an error message) when I try to play an .mpg or .mpeg file?

 

Will installing the DivXNetworks Nimo or Tsunami codec packs solve all of my playback problems?

 

Do I need to install any special codecs to play Windows Media Audio and Video files?

 

Why didn’t the codec download successfully?




Cool! An iPod Mini As a Universal IR Remote!

This is very interesting to me!  Take your PocketPC, iPod, a PC Sound Editor and make a Universal Remote with an iPod!  It sounds cool, it looks cool, it is cool.


For a quick video click on http://www.engadget.com/common/videos/pt/ipodremote/ipodremote.wmv


This is not what most people will use an iPod for, but I must say it’s cool that you can do this.


Read More: http://features.engadget.com/entry/6336778455600767/

ATI Releases The HDTV Wonder!

HDTV is the technology of the future. It offers much higher resolution and clarity than analog TV and over twice the resolution of DVDs. The FCC has mandated that it replace analog TV. Broadcasters in the USA are well on their way to achieving this objective:


  • Over 50% of TV shows and growing are currently broadcast in HDTV
  • Over 80% of USA households get five or more DTV channels

Until now, a special TV costing in excess of $ 1000. was required to receive HDTV (High Definition Television) signals. Thanks to the HDTV WONDER, the PC is ready to become the home’s first HDTV device. Now you can enjoy crystal clear HDTV broadcasts on your current PC monitor at a very affordable price.


http://www.ati.com/products/hdtvwonder/index.html


There is also a nice little review of the package at htpcnews.com


Pros:

Great bundle

Excellent Price Point

Good Reception

 

Cons:

High CPU use while viewing HDTV

Software is a bit buggy

 

http://www.htpcnews.com/main.php?id=atihdw_1