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Eight Tips for Playing Music and Video in Windows 8

Windows 8 is not just for those 9-to-5 work hours. You can use Windows 8 to play your favorite tunes or to watch your favorite videos. Just keep the following things in mind when you start to play around.

Where is Windows Media Player?

Remember that the Windows RT version of Windows 8 doesn’t include Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player capacity

Windows Media Player in Windows 8 can open more than 50 types of music and video files.

iTunes is not available in Windows 8

When stocking your music library, Windows Media Player lets you shop from a variety of online stores (but not Apple’s iTunes).

Just press play

The buttons at the bottom of Media Player work much like the buttons on a CD player.

How thin is too thin?

When you want to play your latest video, remember that many of today’s ultrathin laptops and tablets don’t even have DVD drives.

Where to find Internet radio stations

If you’re looking for an Internet radio station, try the stations at SomaFM. They offer about a dozen stations, all playable through Windows Media Player.

How to edit a playlist

To edit a previously created playlist, double-click the playlist’s name in the Library’s Playlists area. Rearrange, add, or delete items in the playlist and then click the Save List button.

Copy protection on CDs

When you’re copying and creating CDs, remember that some record companies add copy protection to their CDs to keep you from copying them to your computer.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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