How do I use Windows Media Player? A Help Guide
By Tha Mp3 Doctor
There have been a ton of questions on how to use Windows
Media Player in the Fixya forums.
article also covers the often-asked question: “How Do I Add Songs to My Mp3
Player?,” “How do I transfer songs to my Mp3 player?,” “How do I delete songs
from my Mp3 player?,” and “How do I get songs from Cd’s onto my Mp3 player?”
First, a note – not all Mp3 players work with Windows Media
Player – it is best to check with your mp3 player’s user manual – these manuals
are usually available from the manufacturers’ websites - to make sure they don’t
have any other software recommendations for you.
Some mp3 players have their own proprietary
software for transferring/deleting songs.
Nonetheless, more and more Mp3 players work with Windows Media Player –
probably 80%, at least.
Second, there are many versions of Windows Media Player out
A few older Mp3 players still
work with Windows Media Player 9.
work with Windows Media Player 10 or 11 only.
If your mp3 player user’s manual only suggests using Windows Media
Player 9 or 10, you may experience problems when connecting your Mp3 player to
a computer operating Windows Media Player 11 – some mp3 model #’s have a
firmware upgrade which eliminates the bad effects of using Windows Media Player
in these circumstances.
Other model #’s do not have such a fix, and
will cause you problems – check the manufacturers’ warnings on their websites.
Philips makes some mp3 players that work with Windows Media Player 11 and some
that do not, for instance.
The model #
is more important than the manufacturer name in these cases.
For instructions on rolling back to an earlier version of
Windows Media Player, go to:
I have switched from ver. 11, back to 9, forward to 10,
forward to 11, back to 10, and forward to 11 all without incident, and without
losing a single music, picture or video file – just in case you are worried
about the prospect.