Stop WMP 10 from contacting online stores?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by rogun64, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. rogun64

    rogun64 Guest


    I replaced WMP with other players for everything except streaming
    audio/video a long time ago, because streaming audio/video is the only thing
    for which I preferred using WMP. But since installing WMP 10, I've been
    unable to figure out how to stop it from contacting online music stores every
    time I play a file and I don't want to correspond with online music stores
    every time I play a file. Thus, if I'm unable to find a way to fix this, then
    I'll be uninstalling WMP altogether, very soon, and I suspect I won't be
    alone. The integration of online music stores in WMP 10 is a great
    enhancement, but only if I have the option of contacting the stores on my
    terms and when I'm ready. The way it works now seems more like spyware than a
    benefiticial feature.

    Sorry if this ended as more of a comment, but it started out to be a
    question. Unfortunately, while writing this, I decided that I don't care
    anymore; it's just not worth it. I know I'll find life much easier by finding
    an easy to use alternative. But I'm posting it anyway, just to let Microsoft
    know. WMP, like too many of Microsoft's products, is just too much of a
    rogun64, Apr 5, 2005
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  2. You should rollback to version 9, which didn't have this level of
    integration with online stores. If this is impractical, you might also
    want to investigate the players Tools->Options->Privacy tab, and turn
    off the following :

    "Send unique ID to content providers"
    "Display media information from the internet"
    "I want to help microsoft blah blah blah"

    On the player tab :
    "Connect to the internet"

    On the library tab :
    "Retrieve additional information from the internet"

    Some of those may improve your experience.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Apr 5, 2005
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