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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Making Multimedia Whoopee with Media Player

Windows supports all kinds of multimedia formats, including sound files, digital video files, audio CDs, DVD movies, and more. The good news is that rather than messing around with various Windows 8 apps, you can play all these formats using only a single program: Windows Media Player. This clever chunk of software is a true one-stop multimedia shop that’s capable of playing sound files, music files, audio CDs, animations, movie files, and even DVDs. It can also copy audio CD tracks to your computer, burn music files to a CD, tune in to internet radio stations, and more.

To try Media Player, you have a bunch of ways to proceed:

Use the Start screen to type media and then click the Windows Media Player ...

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