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How to choose among Win Media Player; Real Player or others.

by Senior Old-timer / November 19, 2004 8:24 PM PST

Am confused:

What should I consider when deciding what Player should I pick to be the default in my system. I enjoy good clear sound with lots of bass and treble. I also want to burn CDs and DVDs, and I have programs to do that, including NERO, but never used them to any magnitude. In the future I want to transfer my large collection of Long Play Records, Reel to Reel and Cassete Tapes, and Memory Cards, all with voice and music of State of the Arts at their time in history. I also enjoy free Internet Radio from USA and the rest of the world.

Am very undecided and need your input; Problems encountered by other members, etc.
When I associate the Windows Media Player to open my File Extensions, RealPlayer somehow reclaims them without even asking. Can I somehow prevent it? RealPlayer keeps placing files in my Hard Drive
(ie: .ram or .rmm Presentation Files identical, but with different file names) Should I delete all the RAM and RMM files from my system. How can I avoid this invasion of privacy?
I Would gratefully apreciate and need your comments.

I would like to pick the Best available current Player, but, without a premium cost.

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Re: How to choose among Win Media Player; Real Player or oth
by phantazy / November 20, 2004 1:27 AM PST

I have tried Nero, Real, Windows Media Player 9, and Creative Audigy SB 2. By far the best is the last, but I regret it's in combination with the Creative sound card, so may not interest you.

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Re: How to choose among Win Media Player; Real Player or oth
by oldronruns / November 20, 2004 10:27 AM PST

Real player causes nothing but problems. I have uninstalled and deleted all real files from my computer. Use a free program called Real Alternative for streaming real files. Works without a hitch. Burn the songs to My Music with a program called Total Recorder. I bought it years ago for under $20. Don't know how much it is now. It records in WAV format. Not only streaming but also long play, cassettes, etc. Using their driver is optional. Sometimes their driver conflicts with other programs so at the moment I am not using it. Then I use Music Match to convert WAV to Mp3. Also Music Match is the best I have found for organizing my music and for burning to CD as it allows volume levering. Upgrade which allows burning costs about $20. Also use Windows Media player. Some streams will only open with Media Player. Tried Nero but it seemed to create more problems.
Should mention that some new programs don't work as good as old programs. I get old programs from oldversion.com Let me know if there is any way I can help you further.

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Re: How to choose among Win Media Player; Real Player or oth
by Jupp / November 23, 2004 6:43 AM PST
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