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Windows Media Player Plus! - Various enhancements for WMP
Tim De Baets
post Apr 13 2010, 15:13
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I would like to announce the release of Windows Media Player Plus!, a free plug-in that offers the following enhancements/improvements for WMP:
  • Tag Editor Plus: an alternative for WMP's Advanced Tag Editor. Tag Editor Plus works on WMP 12 too, where the Advanced Tag Editor has been removed.
  • Global hotkeys, allowing you to control WMP from within any running application.
  • Party Shuffle: a dynamic playlist, that automatically gets filled up with randomly picked songs. Of course, you can still add songs yourself, and reorder/remove songs, just like with a normal playlist.
  • Real 'find as you type' in the library: you can simply start typing to search, without having to click on the Search field first.
  • Access the standard Explorer right-click menu of a media file directly from within WMP.
  • Restore last active playlist, media item, and playback position at WMP startup.
  • Show currently playing media in WMP's title bar.
  • Advanced playback options: Stop after current and Close after current, to automatically stop playback or close WMP when the current media has ended.
  • Let WMP play/pause when you press the space bar.
  • Disable group headers in the Library Pane.
  • Enhanced and configurable replacement of the Windows Live Messenger Music plug-in (What I'm Listening To).
  • Show currently playing media in Skype's mood message.
  • Access the properties (settings) of any WMP plug-in from within the main menu (Tools - Plug-in properties), without having to go to Options first.
  • "Play next" option when right-clicking a media item in WMP 11's library (WMP 12 already has this by default).
  • Quickly re-enable all plug-ins after a WMP crash.

Windows Media Player Plus! is written for Windows Media Player 11 and 12.

For more information and screenshots, please visit the official Windows Media Player Plus! web page.

Download Windows Media Player Plus!

July 4, 2010: version 1.1 fixes a crash when accessing the Windows Media Player Plus! settings while the plug-in is disabled.

March 19, 2011: version 2.0 offers an improved Tag Editor Plus (now with support for album art and batch editing), global hotkeys, Party Shuffle, and much more.

March 30, 2011: version 2.1 fixes some stability issues that were still present in the recently-released 2.0 version.

November 18, 2012: version 2.5 adds full Unicode support, 'Find in library' for Windows Media Player 12, support for Windows 8, and a whole bunch of bugfixes and improvements.

May 19, 2013: version 2.6 adds support for showing the currently playing media in Skype's mood message and fixes some stability issues that were uncovered after the release of version 2.5.

This post has been edited by Tim De Baets: May 19 2013, 16:42
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xpclient
post Jun 23 2010, 07:12
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Hey Tim De Baets, your idea of a plugin to fix WMP is awesome. With version 11 and version 12, MS removed quite a lot of features from WMP. Do you think you can add most of them back? See what they removed here (and my wish list is the same): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media...emoved_features (WMPlus already restores some of them). Great addin. Thanks.

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Tim De Baets
post Jun 23 2010, 23:08
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Wow, that's quite a lot of items, and there simply isn't enough time to re-add them all to WMP. Could you please list the ones (5 or so) that are the most important to you?

Also, I currently don't have any plans to add features to the sync, burn or rip functionality of WMP, so only library and playback enhancements will be considered.
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post Oct 4 2010, 08:51
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QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jun 23 2010, 22:08) *
Wow, that's quite a lot of items, and there simply isn't enough time to re-add them all to WMP. Could you please list the ones (5 or so) that are the most important to you?

Also, I currently don't have any plans to add features to the sync, burn or rip functionality of WMP, so only library and playback enhancements will be considered.



Hi - Well one thing that I'd certainly like to see (and not listed on the Wikipedia list) is to bring back the "Recently Added" tab to the the Music library. Given that I'm always adding stuff and often forgetting what I've added, I used to use this a lot, but it disappered in WMP 12.

Thanks for all your hard work!
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- Tim De Baets   Windows Media Player Plus! - Various enhancements for WMP   Apr 13 2010, 15:13
- - LANjackal   Downloaded and tested on both Vista x64 and Window...   Apr 14 2010, 05:36
- - SiriuslyCold   hi Tim, great stuff I downloaded it and it works ...   Apr 26 2010, 14:13
|- - Tim De Baets   Thanks Yes, multiple song editing, just like wit...   Apr 26 2010, 14:38
- - SiriuslyCold   Awesome job I was just playing with the other func...   Apr 26 2010, 15:04
- - shifatul   Hello sir, your application is great I just instal...   May 19 2010, 09:43
|- - Tim De Baets   Thank you Unfortunately, there currently aren...   May 19 2010, 14:35
- - koawmfot   hey tim thanks for the work on this one. when i s...   May 24 2010, 13:52
|- - LANjackal   QUOTE (koawmfot @ May 24 2010, 07:52) hey...   May 25 2010, 13:57
|- - koawmfot   QUOTE (LANjackal @ May 25 2010, 08:57) .....   May 25 2010, 16:13
|- - Tim De Baets   Yes, sorting by disc number is certainly something...   May 25 2010, 20:18
||- - theironyuppie   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ May 26 2010, 05:18)...   Jun 8 2010, 01:00
||- - Tim De Baets   Well, I have tried some things in the meantime. Th...   Jun 8 2010, 15:43
|- - LANjackal   QUOTE (koawmfot @ May 25 2010, 10:13) QUO...   May 26 2010, 17:38
- - Stephr0x0rs   QUOTE Show currently playing media in WMP's ti...   Jun 5 2010, 00:48
|- - Tim De Baets   Is this in Library or in Now Playing mode? Does it...   Jun 5 2010, 14:39
- - timg11   If possible, can a feature be added to WMP Plus to...   Jun 5 2010, 15:18
|- - Tim De Baets   Yes, WMP Plus! 2.0 will definitely add a globa...   Jun 5 2010, 16:19
|- - timg11   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jun 5 2010, 09:19) ...   Jun 5 2010, 16:50
|- - Tim De Baets   Yes, I already knew about WMPKeys, but thanks anyw...   Jun 5 2010, 23:25
- - JasonWilley   any chance you could alter the codecs so that wind...   Jun 12 2010, 23:15
|- - Tim De Baets   No, that's not worth the trouble, in my opinio...   Jun 13 2010, 09:20
- - JasonWilley   yeh but those especially cdex never get updated, a...   Jun 13 2010, 23:29
|- - Tim De Baets   You can still get album art, and sync the MP3 file...   Jun 15 2010, 18:18
- - xpclient   Hey Tim De Baets, your idea of a plugin to fix WMP...   Jun 23 2010, 07:12
|- - Tim De Baets   Wow, that's quite a lot of items, and there si...   Jun 23 2010, 23:08
|- - Chuck H   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jun 23 2010, 22:08)...   Oct 4 2010, 08:51
|- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (Chuck H @ Oct 4 2010, 09:51) Hi - ...   Oct 4 2010, 12:45
- - LANjackal   Hey Tim, I've been having a few issues with WM...   Jun 24 2010, 18:52
|- - Tim De Baets   Thanks for reporting this. Have you changed the fo...   Jun 24 2010, 20:27
- - coldacid   Hey Tim, any possibility of extending tag editing ...   Jun 27 2010, 05:07
|- - Tim De Baets   That's more a suggestion for WMP Tag Plus than...   Jun 27 2010, 12:44
|- - coldacid   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jun 27 2010, 06:44)...   Jul 6 2010, 02:24
|- - Tim De Baets   Just to be clear, Windows Media Player Plus! d...   Jul 6 2010, 14:04
|- - coldacid   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jul 6 2010, 08:04) ...   Jul 6 2010, 17:00
|- - Tim De Baets   With KLCP, do you mean Kazaa Lite Codec Pack? If s...   Jul 7 2010, 12:49
|- - LANjackal   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jul 7 2010, 06:49) ...   Jul 7 2010, 15:39
- - OneHuman   Hey Tim 2cool, I have noticed sevaral bugs with WM...   Jun 29 2010, 10:56
|- - Tim De Baets   Regarding the first problem, I installed MS Plus...   Jun 29 2010, 23:16
- - OneHuman   AlarmClock ver. = 1.1.0.2428 Since DWxxx's are...   Jun 30 2010, 01:50
|- - Tim De Baets   I still haven't been able to reproduce the pro...   Jun 30 2010, 18:53
- - Chuck H   Hi Tim, really like what you've done with WMP...   Jul 4 2010, 16:20
|- - LANjackal   QUOTE (Chuck H @ Jul 4 2010, 10:20) What ...   Jul 4 2010, 16:56
|- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (LANjackal @ Jul 4 2010, 17:56) The...   Jul 4 2010, 17:16
|- - LANjackal   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Jul 4 2010, 11:16) ...   Jul 5 2010, 16:56
- - WonderCsabo   Hi Tim! I use WMP Tag Plus! with WMP12, b...   Oct 3 2010, 20:32
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (WonderCsabo @ Oct 3 2010, 21:32) I...   Oct 4 2010, 12:44
|- - WonderCsabo   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Oct 4 2010, 12:44) ...   Oct 4 2010, 17:49
|- - Tim De Baets   The option is actually called "Tag Editor Plu...   Oct 4 2010, 19:13
- - WonderCsabo   Hi! Somehow, Tag Editor Plus context menu opt...   Oct 8 2010, 10:18
|- - Tim De Baets   That's normal; Tag Editor Plus doesn't sup...   Oct 8 2010, 13:39
- - WonderCsabo   Sorry. I confused this.   Oct 8 2010, 16:13
- - jimpalompa   Hi there, thx for the plug in! Do you have an...   Dec 9 2010, 00:29
|- - Tim De Baets   Yes, sorting by disc number will likely be include...   Dec 9 2010, 20:42
|- - jimpalompa   Sounds very nice indeed! What do you think ab...   Dec 11 2010, 19:51
|- - Tim De Baets   I don't know if it's possible to sort by d...   Dec 12 2010, 00:34
- - jimpalompa   Ok. Do you perhaps have any estimated time of whe...   Dec 13 2010, 10:07
|- - Tim De Baets   2.0 will probably be released in one of the first ...   Dec 13 2010, 16:41
|- - Tim De Baets   Announcement: Windows Media Player Plus! 2.0 h...   Mar 19 2011, 21:41
- - Island   Thanks for the update. New features are awesome...   Mar 23 2011, 22:15
- - coffretmugs   I'm using version 2.1 as of now, and the ...   Mar 31 2011, 18:15
|- - Tim De Baets   Did you already have this problem with version 1.x...   Mar 31 2011, 23:24
- - coffretmugs   I can't say for sure about version 1.x, as I...   Apr 1 2011, 03:26
|- - Tim De Baets   Which version of WMP and Windows are you using? W...   Apr 1 2011, 17:34
- - coffretmugs   I'm using WMP 12 on Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit....   Apr 1 2011, 17:51
|- - Tim De Baets   Unfortunately, I'm unable to reproduce this on...   Apr 1 2011, 19:34
- - coffretmugs   ... I'm an idiot, I deselected this a long tim...   Apr 2 2011, 17:43
|- - Tim De Baets   Heh, no problem Good to hear that it's workin...   Apr 2 2011, 21:05
- - jplour   Dear all, I use Windows 7 with WMP 12. I have use...   Apr 10 2011, 23:09
|- - Tim De Baets   Does this happen with all your songs, or just one ...   Apr 11 2011, 15:11
|- - jplour   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Apr 11 2011, 15:11)...   Apr 11 2011, 17:45
|- - Tim De Baets   I definitely don't get those errors on my Wind...   Apr 11 2011, 21:23
- - jplour   Windows media player 12.0.7600.16667 I don't h...   Apr 12 2011, 18:53
|- - Tim De Baets   I have just tried Tag Editor Plus on that exact sa...   Apr 13 2011, 16:59
- - jplour   I uninstall wmp plus 2.1 and I re-install wmp V1.0...   Apr 12 2011, 18:56
- - nagual   First of all, thanks for your work ! On-line r...   Apr 13 2011, 23:51
- - coffretmugs   Feature suggestion: Album Shuffle. I think it...   Apr 14 2011, 09:59
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (nagual @ Apr 14 2011, 00:51) On-li...   Apr 14 2011, 16:14
|- - coffretmugs   QUOTE (coffretmugs @ Apr 14 2011, 10:59) ...   Apr 14 2011, 16:19
- - dann23   Hello. When you will support wmp12 64bit?   Apr 22 2011, 15:30
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ May 19 2010, 15:35)...   Apr 22 2011, 17:33
|- - dann23   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Apr 22 2011, 19:33)...   Apr 24 2011, 07:31
- - WonderCsabo   Hi Tim! I just want to thank you for your wor...   Apr 23 2011, 22:26
- - WonderCsabo   This is completely off-topic here, but: why don...   Apr 24 2011, 16:09
|- - dann23   QUOTE (WonderCsabo @ Apr 24 2011, 18:09) ...   Apr 25 2011, 07:14
|- - WonderCsabo   QUOTE (dann23 @ Apr 25 2011, 07:14) QUOTE...   May 3 2011, 11:12
- - sinecure   Thanks Tim for a great plug-in. I have only recent...   Apr 24 2011, 20:36
|- - Tim De Baets   Do you mean the genre that appears when you hover ...   Apr 25 2011, 00:00
|- - sinecure   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Apr 24 2011, 23:00)...   Apr 25 2011, 07:20
- - Tim De Baets   QUOTE (dann23 @ Apr 25 2011, 08:14) It...   Apr 25 2011, 16:10
|- - dann23   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Apr 25 2011, 18:10)...   Apr 25 2011, 18:38
||- - Tim De Baets   As I said, a 64-bit version isn't going to hap...   Apr 25 2011, 19:53
|- - sinecure   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ Apr 25 2011, 15:10)...   Apr 26 2011, 07:20
|- - Tim De Baets   Indeed, seems like a WMP glitch. Thanks for pointi...   Apr 26 2011, 15:48
- - maz1379   ok i download wmp plus coz of the tag pro but afte...   May 2 2011, 11:43
|- - Tim De Baets   What do you mean with "tag pro"? Tag Edi...   May 2 2011, 15:06
- - cncb   Feature Request: Shuffle + Play How about adding ...   May 25 2011, 17:14
- - Tim De Baets   That's exactly what Party Shuffle does Party ...   May 25 2011, 23:32
- - cncb   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ May 25 2011, 17:32)...   May 26 2011, 03:29
- - cncb   QUOTE (Tim De Baets @ May 25 2011, 17:32)...   May 28 2011, 17:57
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