I'm probably a bit late here, but if you haven't got your Vostro yet (or have, but haven't got round to removing Media Direct) be very careful... Fully test your preferred alternative multimedia application first!
I've got a 2 week old Vostro 1500 here that basically won't play audio without skipping/distortion unless
I'm using Media Direct. Real Player is the worst, but playback under Media Player is also pretty bad - and yet the same audio files play perfectly
using Dell's Media Direct.
See my thread on the Dell Community Forums here for more info: http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums...thread.id=42558