Microsoft Retiring a Windows Media Player Feature on Older Windows Versions

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows with 20 Comments

Microsoft is removing a feature from the media players in older versions of Windows. As Windows 7 is now nearing the end of extended support, the company is no longer going to officially support the metadata service in Windows Media Player and Media Center.

This means that you may not be able to view the metadata for songs or movies as a result in both Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player. The company says it has decided to discontinue the data after analysing usage data. Metadata services will be affected for Windows Media Player in Windows 7 only, though Windows Media Center’s metadata service will be affected in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

“Going forward, you may be unable to view information (metadata) such as the title, genre, and artist for songs, and the director, actors, cover art, and TV guide for movies in Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player. After looking at customer feedback and usage data, Microsoft decided to discontinue this service. This means that new metadata won’t be updated on media players that are installed on your Windows device. However, any information that’s already been downloaded will still be available.” Microsoft said, explaining the change (via Windows Latest).

The change here shouldn’t be surprising to see. I doubt a lot of people actually use Windows Media Player anymore, and the metadata features are probably used by an even smaller portion of users. Either way, just a heads up.

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