Media Player most commonly refers to Windows Media Player, a software program included with Windows operating systems that acts as the default video and audio player; more broadly, a media player can refer to any software program that plays media files.
Windows Media Player is relatively simple to use; attempting to open media files will automatically cause Media Player to launch and open the file.
In addition to playing video and audio files, Media Player can play CDs and DVDs and can even burn music onto CDs.
Windows Media Player can open most standard media files such as .avi, .mpeg, .wmv and .mp3; files that do not work in the player may work by downloading special instructions called codecs.
More recent versions of Media Player allow the user to connect and listen to Internet radio stations through the Media Player interface.
Rival media player programs to Windows Media Player include Apple Quicktime, Winamp and RealPlayer. Users often prefer certain players for their user interface rather than for their ability to play files.
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