Software that "plays" audio, video or animation files. In theWindows world, Windows Media Player is the default player from Microsoft,but RealPlayer, iTunes and other software is also widely used. QuickTimePlayer and iTunes are the media players for the Mac that come from Apple.Most media players are also digital jukeboxes that organize a user's musiccollection, and they may also include Internet radio. In addition to being a media player, Windows Media Player includes the abilityto rip music from and copy music to compact discs, burn recordable discs inAudio CD format or as data discs with playlists such as an MP3 CD,synchronize content with a digital audio player (MP3 player) or other mobiledevices, and enable users to purchase or rent music from a number of onlinemusic stores.Windows Media Player replaced an earlier application called Media Player,adding features beyond simple video or audio playback.Windows Media Player 12 is the most recent version of Windows Media Player as of July 2009. It was released on July 22, 2009
along with Windows 7 andhas not been released for previous versions of Windows.
Windows Media Player 11 is available for Windows XP and included inWindows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The default file formats areWindows Media Video (WMV), Windows Media Audio (WMA), andAdvanced Systems Format (ASF), and supports its own XML based playlistformat called Windows Playlist (WPL). The player is also able to utilize adigital rights management service in the form of Windows Media DRM.