How to Play Music Using Windows 7’s Windows Media Center
Windows 7 is full of fun stuff to keep you entertained, from watching TV to listening to your favorite music. Although Windows Media Player is the first thing most people think of when they think of playing music in Windows, the Windows 7 Media Center is also a great place to unwind with your favorite music from your Music library or listen to your favorite Internet radio stations.
The Media Center interface not only lets you access your Windows 7 Music Library, but it is also capable of tapping into your home theater system to take your music to a new level. And Windows Media Center sleek styling has a much more sophisticated feel than WMP.
Choose Start→All Programs→Windows Media Center.
The Media Center opens to the main menu.
Launch Media Center and locate and double-click the Music option.
Scroll vertically through the main menu items.
Click the Music Library option in the submenu.
You can also press the Music button on the Media Center remote control to open the Music library screen in the Media Center.
Click an album thumbnail in the Music library screen.
Note that the Album Details screen includes a listing of the tracks available and information about the album and artist.
Click the name of a song and then click the Add to Now Playing button or the Play Song button in the onscreen playback controls.
Alternatively, you can play all the tracks on the album by clicking the Play Album button in the Album Details screen.
If you miss the floating visualization that you saw in WMP, just click the Visualize button. Cycle through the available visualizations by pressing the right and left arrow keys or the Ch+ or Ch- button on your Media remote.