It’s clunky, it sometimes displays the wrong album art, and various audio and video files won’t play natively. You could build a house on its resource footprint and it isn’t great at syncing to mobile devices either.
Yet Microsoft has continued to persist with Windows Media Player as the default option for playing back music and video clips in Windows since the days of Windows 98, and for most users there is no obvious likelihood of this ever changing.
If your general impression of WMP is of an application that is good when it works well but often fails, and that you think Microsoft should have introduced a replacement years ago, well… actually hold that thought.
Microsoft has issued a replacement. They just didn’t know what to do with it, and so omitted to share this information with their users.
The Zune application has been available for a couple of years now, and as well as being the ideal desktop media player that handles movies, music, TV and photos, it is also designed to sync with media players and Windows Phone while providing you with access to the Zune Marketplace to purchase music and video.