Posted 13 December 2006 - 02:38 PM
For privacy reasons, it's a good idea to use the Media Player Classic as your default player, especially if you're viewing movies or such off-line. If you're wanting to use Windows Media Player for online usage (viewing video in web pages) then that's alright.
Windows Media Player, along with some other standard media software "phone home", whenever you load media into them, back to the Internet. So.. if you insist on it being your default player, just be aware of that.
The Media Player Classic is smaller, straight forward, and doesn't contain and tracking/monitoring mechanisms. Any dvd's, downloaded videos, or any such media never gets played in my Windows Media Player. I will only use it if I'm on a web site that requires it. And the only reason I'm ok with that is that I'm not downloading the video.... and I'm sure they've tracked the web site in which the video came from too, even when playing them online. I'm sure that's unpreventable, since you're already online.
Don't be surprised when you start playing some of your media and Windows Media Player suddenly stops playing them and then opening a message window telling you that you need a license to play that content.
About 2 weeks ago I've worked on a computer where dude wanted all of his music files playable again,, but come to find out, somehow Windows Media Player put a block on over 21 of his original cd's..... that he loaded into just to play... Maybe he'd been making copies of it. Who knows?... but the point is now none of his cd's play, even trying to use Windows Media Player.
I transferred his files to my computer, and I even tried his original cd's, and they too, wouldn't play at all in my computer..... after doing some testing of his files, It became apparent the Windows Media Player encrypted his files, which now are not playable. If you say "Go a download a license for them".... I tried it already... even on his computer, and still...... no go.
That's one of the reasons why I wouldn't use Windows Media Player as my default player.... you are telling it to attach itself to all of your media files,,,, and if it encrypts them, you may be screwed, just like dude is right now.