August 31, 2006 5:40 PM PDT

Microsoft releases latest version of WMP 11

One of the new features in the latest beta version of Windows Media Player 11, released Thursday, allows a user to share content with multiple devices within a home.

The second beta for WMP 11 also includes additional stores: eMusic, VidZone and Music Giants. The total number of stores offered by WMP 11 is 14, Microsoft said in a statement.

The upgrade of the jukebox is important to Microsoft's plan for unseating Apple Computer as top dog in digital music. WMP 11 has received favorable reviews and critics have said that it's a sign Microsoft could be finally moving out of Apple's shadow. Since then, Microsoft has announced plans to launch Zune, it's own digital-music device.

The software maker also said the media software, which is available for download at, demonstrates improved integration with Urge, MTV's music service, which was launched as a beta version last May.

The media-sharing abilities of WMP 11 are a step toward ushering in the so-called "digital home."

Analysts have predicted that for U.S. families to bring digital gear into their living rooms, all the media devices in the home would need to be to able to play the same content.

Right now, most music or video players don't interact with each other.

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So will FairUse work with it?
So long as FairUse still works with it. I know M$ is working on a "fix".
Posted by tuel (3 comments )
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I think the "fix" MS is implementing is from the music store side, meaning that they just have to do a little update to their license system, which will disable the hack. All your current music should still work.
Posted by jjesusfreak01 (83 comments )
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"FairUse4WM is a GUI version...."
"FairUse4WM is a GUI version of drmdbg that supports individualization version .3930 and some WM11 versions.

Basic requirements
1. Only works on individualized DRM files
2. Requires WM10 or WM11. Won't work on WM9"

He goes on to note this program IS only for fair use--not piracy.

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As a linux user (also), they have my support.
Posted by hawkeyeaz1 (569 comments )
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wmp 11 Best effort by Microsoft in player
wmp 11 is the best player amoung the currently available player...effective look and feel.The best feature is that is start quickly then any other player..and also provide effective 3 equilizer....
it is surely real and apple killer
Posted by Himanshu_Joshi (11 comments )
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apple killer???
the player isn't the issue it's the iTunes store that's a killer. Urge looks like a newspaper.
Posted by df561 (94 comments )
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apple killer???
the player isn't the issue it's the iTunes store that's a killer. Urge looks like a newspaper.
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