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Old 11-23-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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computer music question

On my desktop (Dell Dimension B110) I have:

Dell Digital Jukebox Driver
iTunes
Dell CinePlayer
Musicmatch Jukebox
QuickTime
RealPlayer
Rhapsody Player Engine
Windows Media Player 11
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Any suggestions on which to delete and which to keep?
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:14 PM   #2
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Since I have an iPod, I got rid of the Dell stuff on mine. I think that I got rid of the Musicmatch Jukebox too. I kept both QT, RealPlayer and WMP for videos. Don't recognize the Rhapsody Player Engine.
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Depends. What sort of music stuff do you do/listen to/accessories like mp3 players?

Why does anything need to go...out of disk space?

You could probably unload most of it. WMP, Quicktime and Realplayer include some tidbits that let you play web media content encoded in each of their formats. Each also includes a player tool that can use all the other 'codecs' to play the content...for example WMP can use the quicktime codec to play quicktime content within windows media player.

Of course, all of them want to bonk each other on the head and be "the" media player on your system. Sometimes politely. Sometimes not so politely.

Itunes is more or less essential if you have an ipod, perhaps less so if you dont. Musicmatch jukebox may be essential if you have a non-apple mp3 player, since it and WMP might be the only ways to transfer songs to it.

You'll need cineplayer to play dvd's, although WMP will probably play one with the cineplayer dvd codecs.

Rhapsody is a music playing service. I've used it on comcast and its free through them, allows me to play music "channels" of music I dont own by genre or artist. I can buy songs or albums through it but I havent. Not something I'd use if it wasnt free.

Problem here is that if you remove something, you might lose its associated codecs and/or some other important tidbit that you need but dont know you need, and it'll take you three days to figure out what happened and recover from the problem.

Oh yes, and since its been awhile...

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Depends. What sort of music stuff do you do/listen to/accessories like mp3 players?
I listen to streaming radio or AIM music or Yahoo music or Pandora or my few CDs. Often I don't listen to anything. No accessories.

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Why does anything need to go...out of disk space?
I was worried that having all of them might cause problems by competing.

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You could probably unload most of it. WMP, Quicktime and Realplayer include some tidbits that let you play web media content encoded in each of their formats. Each also includes a player tool that can use all the other 'codecs' to play the content...for example WMP can use the quicktime codec to play quicktime content within windows media player.

Of course, all of them want to bonk each other on the head and be "the" media player on your system. Sometimes politely. Sometimes not so politely.
I was worried that might cause problems.

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Itunes is more or less essential if you have an ipod, perhaps less so if you dont. Musicmatch jukebox may be essential if you have a non-apple mp3 player, since it and WMP might be the only ways to transfer songs to it.

You'll need cineplayer to play dvd's, although WMP will probably play one with the cineplayer dvd codecs.

Rhapsody is a music playing service. I've used it on comcast and its free through them, allows me to play music "channels" of music I dont own by genre or artist. I can buy songs or albums through it but I havent. Not something I'd use if it wasnt free.

Problem here is that if you remove something, you might lose its associated codecs and/or some other important tidbit that you need but dont know you need, and it'll take you three days to figure out what happened and recover from the problem.
I'll leave them all for now.

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Generally they wont whomp each other on the head too much. If one comes up and says "I notice that I am not the dominant player...would you like to change that?" or asks you any questions about re-registering file extensions, look in that programs 'options' section and you should find a checkbox for "check to see if I am the default player on startup" or some such. Uncheck that to make it stop.

I wouldnt fiddle around with the uninstalls unless you had to. I've screwed up some codecs on occasion and had to hunt down and reinstall compatible versions. Wasnt a good use of my time.
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I use Musicmatch Jukebox for my playlist, but MediaPlayer Classic as my default player for
all video and music files. This keeps my playlist from getting messed up when I just want to
listen to individual mp3s. MediaPlayer Classic also loads almost instantly.
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