From The Forums: Windows 8 drops Media Guide from Media Player?

In May, Microsoft confirmed that for the standard version of Windows 8, Windows Media Player will no longer be able to play DVD discs as it does with the current Windows 7 version. Users who purchase the optional Windows Media Center for Windows 8 will be able to enable DVD playback in WMC.

Now, it appears that Microsoft has also quietly taken away another feature in the Windows 8 version of Windows Media Player. As spotted by Neowin forum member Nazmus Shakib Khandaker, WMP now no longer loads its integrated media store and media guide with the update to Windows 8 (the Windows Media website itself is still active).

Nazmus notes that such a feature has been available in Windows Media Player since the launch of Windows ME 12 years ago, when Microsoft offered up an online video and news guide inside Windows Media Player 7. Over the years, WMP have evolved to offering its users third party stores inside the software itself.

In this particular case, removing this media guide feature from the Windows 8 version of Windows Media Center seems to be a good move. Microsoft has already announced plans to launch its own streaming music service this fall, Xbox Music, and Microsoft is likely shutting down the media guide features in the new version of WMN as a result. We have emailed Microsoft for confirmation.

Source: Neowin forums

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That thing has always been annoying. Why was it even active, when the user selected that he didn't want any shop integrated with WMP...

Borimol said,
What's the wallpaper of the first image?

It's a wallpaper I have in my collections of wallpapers I have downloaded over the years.

I can't find the original source from which I downloaded it. A Google search brings up the following image, but it is "watermarked". I will upload the wallpaper from my PC to Dropbox and give you a link to download it when I get home. In the mean time, here's the watermarked version:

http://www.youwall.com/papel/popsicle_wallpaper_3657b.jpg

I was worried at first, thinking the EPG guide was being dumped from Windows Media Centre - which in the US would be a mistake as providers often charge for EPG and DVR abilities.

But the Guide and online store features in Windows Media PLAYER were always an annoyance and I doubt anyone used. Will this mean that Metadata for music will now come from the Xbox Music service, or will other sources be allowed.

mdtaUK said,
I was worried at first, thinking the EPG guide was being dumped from Windows Media Centre - which in the US would be a mistake as providers often charge for EPG and DVR abilities.

But the Guide and online store features in Windows Media PLAYER were always an annoyance and I doubt anyone used. Will this mean that Metadata for music will now come from the Xbox Music service, or will other sources be allowed.

I think Windows Media Player in the near future will have no store integration whatsoever. Microsoft has built the Xbox Music app specifically for that purpose. I would not be surprised to see Windows Media Player being phased out in in the future.

mdtaUK said,
I was worried at first, thinking the EPG guide was being dumped from Windows Media Centre - which in the US would be a mistake as providers often charge for EPG and DVR abilities.

Don't you get EPG via the channels themselves in the US? I already checked how it's here in Europe: if MS stops supporting WMC - and therefor shutting down there EPG Servers I can still use EPG as it's transmitted via the channel itself...

Silversee said,
Still works for me in Windows 8 RP. Are you saying it is removed from RTM?

Yes, it is removed from RTM. It existed in the previews. If you look at my screenshot, I am running the RTM version (lack of aero glass).

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Try iHeart radio. There is also a iHeart radio app for Windows 8.

iHeart is just 'Clear Channel' owned stations if I remember right. (Which sadly in the US is about 90% of them.)

I don't use Microsoft products anymore, but I'm happy to hear this news. This is one of the few things I actually agree with. Though it will probably be replaced by an app.

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