WMP11 Will Not Monitor music folder and add songs to library

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by LJ, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. LJ

    LJ Guest

    I posted this as a reply to another thread much further down, but I need help

    WMP11 suddenly stopped monitoring my music folder (on drive D; I do not use
    the generic MyMusic on C) It worked fine until yesterday. Now I cannot add
    music to my library at all. It indicates that there are 23 songs in the
    library (those used to be in MyMusic on C; they are now elsewhere as they
    were my daughter's...) My folder has 872 songs in it.

    Should I remove WMP11 and try reinstalling it?

    Or maybe I'll just stay with 10; it never gave me any trouble... I hate to
    bash developers but I really really hate when they 'dumb down' programs to do
    only what they think we want. Let me decide; that is why I usually like MS
    programs. Hope this isn't a trend...

    LJ, Jan 1, 2007
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  2. LJ

    LJ Guest

    Aha! In reading another post about a seemingly unrelated issue, I believe I
    answered my own question:

    I ran a spyware/adware cleaner yesterday. Apparently, I removed WMP11's
    'phone home' ability so now it does not work... This is not good. Guess I'll
    be using someone else's media player...

    LJ, Jan 1, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Wow! This is quite a find, LJ; perhaps even bigger than you think.

    First, the United States Justice Department and Microsoft have agreed that
    WMP is an integral part of the Windows operating system. Now, with WMP 11,
    WMP is already does more than provide access to the hardware on your PC -
    the proper definition of an operating system. Offering online stores and to
    sell you media is not an appropriate function for an operating system.

    Now, following classic definitions of malware, WMP breaks if you disable its
    spyware functionality. Why would WMP have to "phone home" to add media to
    your media library? Well, that just goes along with what I have said about
    WMP updating your album art not as a benefit to you but as an excuse to
    report every item in your library to Microsoft.

    This could be as big or bigger than the Sony rootkit. I just about typed
    something along the lines of, "Wait until Mark Russinovich gets a hold of
    this one!" Then I realized: Microsoft bought Systernals and, along with
    it, Mark Russinovich! And did so shortly after the Sony rootkit scandal.
    They've bought the only guy who published real detector for rootkits!

    This is a serious issue. I encourage all of you to go to your Congressional
    representatives with this one. This is monopolistic power abuse at its
    finest! Spyware, adware, Trojan, all rolled up into one!

    Dale, Jan 1, 2007
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