At CES, we saw Microsoft and MTV debut a new service for Windows Media Player 11 called Urge. Urge will offer music for all ages via Windows Media Player. Now, Urge has definately got me interested in the new media player from Microsoft. But after reading Sean Alexander's post this evening regarding Windows Media Player 11, it seems we have more to look forward to with the new player.
"One of the pieces that has me so excited this year is the new Windows Media Player 11. This is part of the reason I re-joined the group. Can you say performance? I have over 10,000 tracks in my library. I was so tired of UI freezes and slow searches that I started using Windows Desktop Search as my way of finding music. WMP11 takes a completely rethought and highly optimized database that is hands-down the fastest media player library I've ever seen- visually and logically. Album art is amazing. There are tons of perf improvements folks are just starting to see. I'm also hearing about additional perf optimizations in Vista's USB stack that will help as well."
Now that sounds exciting.
I've been using iTunes as my main library for music as well as primary service for purchasing music. I like iTunes simplistic structure of how my music is all arranged within the program. Windows Media Player 11, in the current build of Vista, seems to simplify its own structure a bit making it less complicated for the user to do what they want with their music. On top of that, Urge will allow me to share my lists with other people. I can have my friends check out what music I'm currently listening to through Urge. I can't wait to test Windows Media Player 11 out with Urge. It might be the one thing that moves me away from iTunes, but it might not. We'll have to see.
You can read more about Windows Media Player 11 and Urge here at Microsoft's new website for Windows Vista. Will Windows Media Player 11 be available for Windows XP? Yes of course. A beta is expected to hit for Windows XP within the first half of 2006.