Windows Media Player 7 Final

Microsoft has released the final version of its next-generation Windows Media Player 7 at midnight tonight. The new version boasts a myriad of improvements over the older versions, including the introduction of a new music format, Windows Media, which includes copyright measures to protect digital music. Bill Gates told the press "The release of Windows Media Player 7 represents a digital turning point for both our industry and millions of consumers around the world."

New features in the final version include the addition of CD burning technologies from Adaptec, makers of widely known and popular CD burning software, and a "Digital DJ" skin that allows computer users to customize the playback of digital audio and video.

New one-click functionality built into Windows Media Player allows a computer user to create a CD of converted MP3s and Windows Media files quickly and easily. Based on user preferences the Digital DJ skin lets users get custom playlists created by Windows Media Player based on a users given parameters.

Along with the release of the final of version 7.0, Microsoft is holding a "Now Playing" contest at http://windowsmedia.com/ for interested users. You can enter to win over 1,000 prizes in the next seven days, some of which include portable digital music players amongst other prizes.

To celebrate the final release of the player, Microsoft and EMI have teamed up to offer netizens 100 full-length EMI CDs and singles available for secure digital download in the Windows Media format. Available music includes artists such as Pink Floyd, Everclear, Ben Harper, and Frank Sinatra. For a full list, read the press release, or visit the Windows Media Web site to check them out.

DiscoverMusic.com is also celebrating the release by offering over 2.5 million song previews available in the Windows Media format. This includes samples from over 180,000 albums, an expanded collection exclusively for the Windows Media format.

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