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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Windows Media Player

In the past, Microsoft has ignored obvious trends and left the Media Player about as bare bones as you can get while Apple was busy working on QuickTime, and Real was already starting to establish its dominance in Internet audio and video streaming technologies. Microsoft did, however, start to get the idea and released Windows Media Player (WMP) 7.0, which also marked the first time Microsoft deliberately created an application that uses what are termed “skins” and offers “Visualizations” (see Figure 13.10).

Figure 13.10. Windows Media Player 9 Series showing a “visualization.”

What Are Skins and Visualizations?

First skins. ...

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