Michael Mon Aug 27 10:45:11 2001|
Microsoft vs. anybody else
So I finally got around to downloading the new version of WinAmp for my new box (which I bought in April, remember?) Up to now it's been M$ Media Player. One of the great disappointments for MSMP was that it couldn't put all my MP3's on one playlist because of the usual careful Microsoft quality testing (the maximum size of a playlist in verbose XML format was exceeded by my MP3 collection, which is close to 500 tracks).
So WinAmp, of course, has no such limitation, plus if I don't want it to check in with the Mother Ship, it won't. Thus no annoying messages telling me that my software has a new version, do I want to upgrade? (NO, dammit, it works already, and the new version will just have *more* bugs and probably more license-enforcement "standards" built in.)
Now I have all 493 tracks of my MP3 collection on one playlist. It makes for really, really, *really* disturbing transitions, because my collection is really, really, *really* eclectic. But I kinda like it. It does keep me surprised.