Re: Of Interest

Barry Chapman

I was just suggesting another alternative, since Media Player was also mentioned.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dane Trethowan
Sent: Saturday, 2 February 2019 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Of Interest

I don’t know whether the below eMail was particularly useful given that the question was asked of VLC and not Winamp.
I do of course use VLC and I do know that VLC has a Bookmarking feature but I’ve never used it thus I don’t know the extent of the function nor its capabilities - I don’t listen to Audio books in this way and if I do then they’re divided into tracks so that’s my bookmarking -.
But in all events, give the function a try and if there’s anything amiss or if you’d like to see some functionality added then drop the team at VLC a line.

On 2 Feb 2019, at 9:35 am, Barry Chapman <barry@...> wrote:

You can do all of those things with Winamp.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of John
Heath via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, 2 February 2019 9:00 AM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] FW: Of Interest

Hi to Tom and others. What I wish vlc could do for me is: book mark for I'm
using it to read talking books; the equalizer for music, and giving
information on position. Except for the book marks I could do most of those
things with media player.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Kaufman
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] FW: Of Interest

John: I would suggest getting the latest VLC update; it's a good
player...especially if you're needing something to play DVDs!
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of John
Heath via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:45 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] FW: Of Interest

Hi! I have vlc on my computer but find aspects hard to read or access. Do
the updates help? Are there things I can use with Jaws 17 that will help?

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Kaufman
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:28 AM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] FW: Of Interest

Yes...VLC is now more accessible than it used to be; at least that's how I
find it!
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Hamit
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] FW: Of Interest

You'd loved it though Tom. Media Center was pure epicness. I really wish
they'd kept it, made it play Blu-Ray Disks and so on. Oh well, VLC is
verry acccessible. Just keep Any DVD HD running as you play the disk.
That's how I did it.

On 1/29/2019 6:25 PM, Tom Kaufman wrote:
While I don't have any experience with Windows Media Center, I have used
Windows Media Player...and never was a huge fan of it! Having said that,
at one time, I used Windows Window to rip CDs as it seemed pretty
straight-forward to me; it already would rip the track titles right out of
the box! But they they changed the look of it; didn't seem (at least to
me) that intuitive!
Tom Kaufman

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dane
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2019 11:26 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] FW: Of Interest

What you forwarded to the list comes as no surprise to me and yes
Microsoft do analyse usage data of their Apps.
Windows Media centre hadn't - when I last used it - been updated for a
good while and had at that time fallen behind many other alternatives.
I now use Plex to handle everything that Windows Media Center did though -
given I use Windows 10 - I couldn’t have used Windows Media Center even if
I’d wanted to as Windows Media Center doesn’t come as part of Windows 10.
I very much liked Windows Media Center however because of the infrequent
updates known problems with the App just weren’t fixed whereas Plex and
VLC are updated frequently.
As for upgrading to Windows 10? There are plenty of good reasons to do so
including better handling of audio and video devices, a far more stable
operating system etc.
Anyway its the individuals call.

On 29 Jan 2019, at 3:06 pm, Tom Kaufman <tomcat53@...> wrote:

If you are running Windows 7 and like to use Windows Media Player, this
be something you'll want to read!

Tom Kaufman

From: marianne Interest

Hi Tom,

If you use Windows 7 as I do, this may be of interest to you.

Windows 7's Windows Media Player app is about to get worse


Matt Hanson

3 hours ago


No more metadata

As Windows 7 hurtles towards its end of life date (January 14 2020), it
looks like Microsoft is beginning to strip features from the ageing
operating system,

and it has now removed a key feature from Windows 7's Windows Media

According to

a support document

that Microsoft quietly updated a few days ago, "you may be unable to view
information (metadata) such as the title, genre, and artist for songs,

director, actors, cover art, and TV guide for movies in Windows Media
and Windows Media Player."

This move also affects the Windows Media Center app found in Windows 7,
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

So, it looks like when you import music or videos into Windows Media
in Windows 7, titles, artist names and other information won't be

This is a major blow to the usefulness of the app, in our view.


Microsoft looked at customer feedback and usage data regarding the
and decided to discontinue it, so it probably means not many people were


If you were, it might mean it's time to finally upgrade from Windows 7 -
you'll probably want to anyway before January 14 next year - or start

an alternative such as

VLC Media Player.

While the removal of this feature is disappointing, Microsoft has
that metadata that's already been downloaded will still be available - it

won't download metadata for new media you add.

Microsoft has also explained that this change won't affect any of the
media playing functionality, such as playback, media stream and other


Still, it's a reminder that it's probably worth thinking about upgrading

Windows 10.

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