We need the "Default Programs" to work like it should.
Under set programs and computer defaults, when you go there to set, persay, Winamp or Zune as the default media player, firstly nothing happens to file type associations, and secondly, the generic media player button on my keyboard sill brings up windows media player..... Sigh
Windows Media Player 12 is a step back from 11 in terms of UI layout. Particularly the now playing screen. Accessing the equalizer is so convoluted now and going from the now playing screen to the library is fairly odd. The button to go to the Now playing screen is at the bottom right of the now playing screen, but to go back to the library, the button is at the top right of the now playing screen. Why the inconsistency.
Also, now to access different features you have to go all over the UI to get to sync now playing, media sharing..... In WMP 11 everything was in those main buttons just over top. and the mini drawers under the main buttons to access the extra features for that particular option was fantastic and easy. Accessing the Equalizer under Now Playing was a snap compared to now.
Also the position of the Now playing window isn't completely independent from the library window which is also odd, because in the event i wanted to have the now playing window crammed into the bottom right of the screen and the library in the upper left, i cant!!!
The navi bar is customizable so thats an improvement for me. The taskbar mini player mode is gone, thou we still have it with the Zune software and the live preview for the player has some navi controls which i like; but this feature was really nice for when you were browsing songs in their folder and double clicking them all the time.
When u double click on a song, WMP12's usual habit is to come to the front and get in ur way. With WMP 11 in taskbar mode, it would just stay on the taskbar and play back whatever you double clicked without popping up and having u to minimize it every time. Saying this is a pain is a gross understatement, and with that i have completely moved to Zune now.... for me to be saying that, u can understand how much i dislike this thing.
Windows Media Player, has some nice feature none the less, but this in no way makes up for the poor UI design and lack of filetype control through the "Default Programs" feature and inability to set another media player as the default so i can use the "Media Player" button on my keyboard to launch another media player other than WMP 12!
Well they could bring back Medial Player 11 but the performance loss would be intollerable. Sigh....