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In case folks missed it, Microsoft opened up the beta for Windows Media Player 11 to the public. I’ve been using WMP 11 in Vista and in my opinion, it’s a much better interface than prior versions. Along with the WMP 11 soft-launch, you can get […]

Wmp11In case folks missed it, Microsoft opened up the beta for Windows Media Player 11 to the public. I’ve been using WMP 11 in Vista and in my opinion, it’s a much better interface than prior versions. Along with the WMP 11 soft-launch, you can get a free preview of the URGE music service that can be bundled with WMP. URGE is essentially an on-line music store to combat iTunes, Napster and the like.

You can try the "all you can eat listen to" plan at URGE for 14 days and no credit card is required. I’m listening to an auto-generated playlist based on the genre of my choosing right now and I like what I hear. The songs are streamed at 128 kbps in the WMA format and the quality is outstanding, even via EV-DO, which is what I’m using. There’s no support for mobile devices just yet as URGE requires WMP 11 and that requires Windows XP. No luck on my XV6700 (yet!). In any case, if you’ve got a laptop, Tablet PC or UMPC and a WiFi or 3G connection, consider looking at URGE. For me, this likely won’t replace my XM streaming subscription, which is only available at 64 kbps and definitely won’t take the place of Pandora, which is my current favorite.

-kct

  1. Tablet PC User Friday, May 19, 2006

    I’ll recommend WMP 11 + URGE to ANYONE! It is WAAAYYYY better than WMP 10. I love the new library interface and syncing with a pocket pc is easy as getting phone records from the NSA! (or should that be the other way around ;0)

    Kudos MSFT for getting your foot in the door with online music…we just need a good MP3 player to compliment the new WMP11.

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  2. Yet again It’s a great product if you live in the US of A but the rest of the world, forget it right now.

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