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Short Bits: Vaio LT, Album Art, HD DVD, Plug-ins

In October, Sony will start selling their Vaio
LT HD PC/TV
.  It’s an all-in-one PC
22-inch LCD TV with a PC built-in.  There
will be a standard and an HD model that includes Blu-ray and CableCARD, I’m
assuming only a single tuner though. 
Cool idea, but I don’t see this pushing too many units.  Sony, like HP has a few innovative PC
concepts out there but I don’t think the general public is really ready for
something like this.

A week or so ago Jason Dunn wrote an article about Microsoft
not getting embedded album art
.   I
agree, I’ve been struggling with some album art recently and it’s ridiculous
that I have to spend time troubleshooting and thinking about something like
album art.  Not only that, the either
Windows Media Player team is behind the times. 
Microsoft is concentrating too much on thing like the Zune and online
services and not putting enough time into their flagship player.  Windows Media Player needs a lot of work, and
it seems very little gets done with every release.

There have been tons of HD DVD deals out in the past few
days.  First of all, if you pick up a Toshiba
HD-A2, HD-A20 or HD-XA2 at Amazon you also get
five free HD DVDs via snail mail and an addition three free as part on a
promotion
that ends on the September 23. 
Figuring $20 a disc, you are basically getting a HD DVD player for free
or really cheap.  There is also a deal
where you can get
the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive for $180 and get nine HD DVDs with that!

And lastly for a free plug-in notes, MCEBuddy is a DVRMSToolbox-like application
that could be considered to have a more understandable UI for beginners.  Looks pretty cool.  Converts files to other formats, remove
commercials, etc.

Ryan Hurst got around to updating one of the most popular
applications for Media Center, My Netflix is now
updated for a better Vista install
. 
Other changes include the images and bug fixes.

Internet Explorer 7 Overwriting Album Art with Black JPEGs?

There has been an interesting problem reported that strangely
relates to Internet
Explorer 7
, overwriting existing album art with pure black album art.  The issue has been seen at The
Green Button
(and AVS Forum)
and I have a repro on my system.

Only two albums out of my 350+ were affected, so I haven’t
looked into the issue deeply.  Those who
have had large amounts of their album art broken are reporting that reverting
back to Internet Explorer 6 fixes the issue which I find kind of interesting.  I didn’t look into how the uninstall process
goes for Internet Explorer 7, but I assume if the album art is reverting back
then System Restore must be being used in the uninstall process.

It’s an interesting bug, exactly how does the installation
of Internet Explorer 7 actually overwrite the album art itself?  I don’t know if it’s been reported, but does
this stop at album art?  Does anyone have
any JPEG’s on their machines that have been overwritten?

This is a pretty serious bug, it’s not often that a bug that
actually causes data loss makes it into a final build.

Anything from an Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, or
Media Center team would be greatly appreciated.

The screenshot below shows an album on my computer those
album art has somehow been overwritten with pure blackness.


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Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP Released

Windows
Media Player 11 for Windows XP
| Windows Media Player 11 offers great new
ways to store and enjoy all of your digital media. It’s easier than ever to
access all of your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV on your computer.
Play it, view it, organize it, and sync it to a portable device for enjoying on
the go, or share with devices around your home – all from one place. Windows
Media Player 11 is designed to work with all versions of Windows XP with
Service Pack 2, including Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional
N.

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the great stores you know in Windows Media Player 10 are
available in this version of the Player. Check out a list of online stores at
the Online Stores page.

For more information, see the Readme.

NOTE: Please read Installing
the Player on Windows XP Media Center Edition
for directions on installing
Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP Media Center Edition.

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Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 Released

Windows
Media Player 11 Beta 2
| What’s new in this beta release compared to the
first beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP?

The following list highlights some of the major changes
since the first beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for
Windows XP.

  • Fixing
    issues. Fixes have been made for issues that occurred in the first beta
    release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP.
  • Additional
    online stores are now available. More online stores are available in this
    beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP. For a
    listing of online stores that are now available, see Availability
    of online stores
    .
  • Changes
    to sharing digital media content. The functionality of Windows Media
    Connect is now integrated into Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for
    Windows XP as the new Media Sharing feature, which lets you enjoy the
    contents of your Windows Media Player library from anywhere in your home.
    If you have a home network (wired or wireless), you can use Windows Media
    Player 11 to stream the contents of your library to networked devices
    such as Xbox 360 or other digital media receivers. For more
    information, go to Digital
    Media at Home
    .

Note that digital media sharing is
targeted for home users; therefore, computers that are joined to a domain might
experience issues when trying to share digital media.


Release
Notes for Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for Windows XP

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Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile Update Beta

Windows
Media Video 9 Advanced Profile Update Beta
| This update allows applications such as Windows Media Encoder 9 Series to create VC-1 Advanced Profile content. The package also includes an update to the Windows Media Encoder 9 Series command-line encoder script (wmcmd.vbs) that adds support for Advanced Profile.

Quick Details
File Name:    wvc1dmo.exe
Version:    V1
Date Published:    6/27/2006
Language:    English
Download Size:    900 KB

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MTV Networks Unveils URGE on Windows Media Player 11 Platform

MTV
Networks Unveils URGE Digital Music Service on Microsoft’s New Windows Media
Player 11 Platform
| MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.,
and Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the public beta of URGE and the new Windows
Media Player 11 beta. URGE, MTV Networks’ new digital music service, is
seamlessly integrated with the new Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, and
builds upon MTV Networks’ renowned music heritage, offering rich, handcrafted
programming, first-rate editorial and innovative music discovery features to
create a truly immersive entertainment experience. URGE is the recommended
digital music service in Windows Media Player 11 beta, which offers enhanced
search and media management capabilities, a visually driven user interface and
optimized portable music player support. MTV Networks and Microsoft
collaborated closely on the development of URGE and Windows Media Player 11,
creating a unified and integrated user experience.

Just as MTV, VH1 and CMT are recognized for their ability to curate music,
URGE offers unparalleled context to all styles of music, as well as rich music
programming to guide users through a world of virtually infinite music choices.
Innovative features also bring music discovery to the fore, exposing users to
new artists and genres they might not otherwise encounter.

“When we first set out to design URGE, our goal was to create an immersive
experience that surrounded fans in all things music,” said Van Toffler,
president of MTV Networks Music/Logo/Films Group. “URGE distinguishes itself
through handcrafted programming, innovative music discovery features and unique
integration with Windows Media Player 11. It’s an important pillar of MTV
Networks’ overall digital strategy, and as our audience continues to embrace
digital music delivery, URGE will serve as a vital vehicle to connect fans with
all the music they love.”

“We wanted to create a media player that delivers the most powerful features
in a program that is intuitive and fun to use,” said Mike Sievert, corporate
vice president of Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. “So in designing
Windows Media Player 11, we incorporated a significant amount of feedback from
music fans and worked hand in hand with MTV Networks. As a result, Windows
Media Player 11 truly revolutionizes the way we enjoy music and provides a test
drive of the breakthrough entertainment capabilities people will experience in
the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.” 

Read
Full Press Release

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Windows Media Player 11 Beta Released

Windows
Media Player 11 Beta
| Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP offers you
unmatched choice and flexibility for your digital media. Easily manage your
libraries of digital music, photos, and videos on your computer, and then sync
with a variety of portable devices so you can enjoy it all wherever you want.

PLEASE NOTE: If you use Windows Media Player to access a favorite online store,
some are not available for this beta release. The following stores are
available in the Windows Media Player 11 beta release: Audible, f.y.e., Live365,
Movielink, MSN Music, Napster, Passalong, Puretracks, URGE, Wal-Mart and XM
Radio. For more information, see the Readme.

Quick Details
File Name:        wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe
Version:            11
Date Published: 5/15/2006
Language:         English
Download Size:            23.0
MB

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Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP in June

Windows
Media Player 11 for XP Due by June (Microsoft Watch)
| Mary Jo Foley says
that Microsoft officials say they are planning to release the Windows Media
Player 11 version for Windows XP in June. 
Thomas
Hawk
seemed to be happy about the announcement, but I’m not sure that the
Media Library performance increases will come in this version.  I think you will be waiting until Vista to get that performance jump.

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Security Update for Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP

Security
Update for Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP (KB911565)
| A security
issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to remotely compromise
your Windows-based system using Windows Media Player and gain control over it.
You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft.
After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Quick Details
File Name:
      WindowsMedia10-KB911565-v2-x86-ENU.exe
Version:          911565
Security Bulletins:     MS06-005
Knowledge Base (KB)
Articles:
        KB911565
Date Published:          4/11/2006
Download Size:           2.4 MB

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