Microsoft Windows’ two media main media products – Windows Media Player & Windows Media Center are to experience a major change. The company has decided to push changes to the metadata, after which many users would be unable to view information like title, genre, and artist for songs, and the director, actors, cover art, and TV guide for videos while using the two media software products.
WMP & WMC to stop displaying Metadata
Microsoft claims that they decided after considering user feedback and usage data. This seems to make sense since most users do not prefer to use the metadata. However, it changes the properties of the media (e.g., the display image for music).
Another issue with metadata is that it pushes advertisements in some or the other manner, especially from free media download websites. It is common to see website addresses in the metadata.
The changes would be pushed to all versions of the Windows operating system for Windows Media Center. However, the changes with Windows Media Player would be pushed on Windows 7 system only. Furthermore, the company has claimed that the changes won’t be applied to media already downloaded to the systems.
Going forward, you may be unable to view information (metadata) such as the title, genre, and artist for songs, and the director, actors, cover art, and TV guide for movies in Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player, says Microsoft.
If you are a Windows users, don’t worry about this update. The above-mentioned changes wouldn’t affect the basic functionality of media products, like playback, navigating collections, media streaming, etc.