Hey Microsoft: Why can't I rewind music?!!

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Eboy, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Eboy

    Eboy Guest

    RE-POST due to no response....
    Simple question: When playing any type of music file, why is Play > Rewind
    disabled? You can use the slider to go backwards in a song but you can't use
    Play > Rewind or the Rewind button. What gives?!
    Eboy, Nov 7, 2005
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  2. Eboy

    zachd [ms] Guest

    Welcome to a peer community forum:
    should be required reading.

    Seeking and scanning are different things. Certain features simply aren't
    supported, as you've noted.
    zachd [ms], Nov 9, 2005
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  3. Eboy

    Eboy Guest

    Thanks for the welcome, Zach, and the response. Before posting I did an
    exhaustive search for why rewind capability is missing from WMP (and MCE)
    including your website (which talks about rewinding ASF files but not music
    files). I also contacted Microsoft support and was given a similar answer:
    "Not supported." No details, no explanation. Suffice it to say, I tried to do
    my due diligence before posting to this newsgroup.

    The ability to rewind while listening to digital music is a function which
    we have all taken for granted since component CD players came out 20 years
    ago. I am among an ever-growing population of digital music enthusiasts
    ripping their entire collections to hard disk either using WMP or MCE. We are
    all baffled that firstly, the rewind function is missing and secondly, that
    more people aren't talking about it. Yes, you can drag the slider back to a
    previous point in a track but you can only do so by using a mouse -- you
    cannot do so from a hot key -- therefore, most importantly, neither from a
    remote control!

    So, for all of us holding back on ripping our music collections using
    Microsoft products (either WMP or MCE) until we understand this rewind issue,
    I ask again: *why* is rewind missing. It would help us to know *why* the
    function is not supported -- not just that it is not supported.

    We appreciate any response yourself or any other expert can give. Thanks.
    Eboy, Nov 9, 2005
  4. I have 40000+ tracks ripped from my collection, and I'm not baffled, and
    hadn't even thought about it to today.

    and secondly, that
    In the cases where Rewind is supported, the hotkeys Alt+P+R or
    Ctl+Shift+B are available (which can be read off the WMP menu).
    You can rip using Microsoft products, but you may want to choose a
    different playback product (of which there are many free products to
    choose from). For my money, there are dozens of more pressing issues to
    fix or add before this.
    Mike Williams, Nov 9, 2005
  5. Eboy

    Eboy Guest

    Thanks, Mike. Interesting. I have done many demonstrations of WMP and MCE and
    the first time someone tries to rewind back to hear a great drum fill again,
    for instance, I get appalled looks when I tell them "You can't."

    Are you saying that there are 3rd party products that play back
    Microsoft-formatted (or any kind of) music files that allow rewind? If so,
    can you point me to one? Thanks again.
    Eboy, Nov 9, 2005
  6. Eboy


    Jul 13, 2011
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    Another example of why MicroSoft sucks...

    There are many non-microsoft products that will do this...

    (These are all available for free)

    WinAmp (My previous favourte since Windows 95)

    VLC Media Player (Currently my favourite video player)

    XMPplay (Currently my favourite music player)


    BadAlias, Jul 13, 2011
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