Windows 8 music player screenshots leaked

It's not exactly a shock to learn that Windows 8 will have some sort of built in media player. However, there's been no info or visuals on what the new media player for Microsoft's next operating system will look like. Today Winunleaked.tk released some new screenshots from the latest pre-beta build of Windows 8 that shows the new media player in action. The players is one of the apps that can be downloaded from the Windows Store in Windows 8.

The screenshots show, not surprisingly, that the media player will be using the Metro interface that represents the biggest change in Windows 8 compared to previous versions of Windows.

The main splash screen, presumably the first thing users will see when they launch the media player, shows a headphones logo.

Then there's the main menu which has two choices, Music Settings and Find Music.

The other screenshots are similar to the first picture above this post which shows the media player actually playing a music track with track name and more information. In addition, the web site says you can actually pin your favorite music tracks directly on Windows 8's Start Screen.

Once again we can expect more screenshot leaks from Windows 8 before the actual beta launched. It's currently scheduled for release in late February 2012.

Images via Winunleaked.tk

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Cristian Dragos said,
Come on Micro$hit... you can do better! Please hire some new UI designers... please!! Don't do it for us, the users, do it for yourself!

The 90s called, they asked for their dollar sign back!!!

Cristian Dragos said,
Come on Micro$hit... you can do better! Please hire some new UI designers... please!! Don't do it for us, the users, do it for yourself!

Welcome to Neowin, but I don't think this is a good first post.

I just realized something, for people that used Windows 1.0 and 2.0; Windows 8 looks extremely familiar lol.

One small roadblock for man, one giant leap backwards for Microsoft.

I can't see why so many are complaining. Whether it's ugly or not, who stares at their music player?

You play your music and keep it in the background.

And if you're going to "Sync", "Rip", or "Burn" anything on WMP, then you deserve ugly interface

What you are seeing is the blank developer canvas in the default gray that comes with VS2011. This is before any flare has been added so this is a work in progress not the final product. They are probably testing out layouts before adding the actual backgrounds and other elements. Thats the nice thing about xaml is that the code can be worked on before the Interface is finalized.

I was a non-believer in the metro ui for a long time, but after using it I now think it's great.
I don't see what everyone's problem is with these screenshots either.

If you don't like the metro ui, then you will say you don't like any screenshots.
If you don't like Windows then you won't like it anyhow.
If you don't like Media Player, ditto. If you don't like stuff, ditto.
Haters gonna hate.

Figures and statistics don't lie. That's why MS are the size they are.

Ugh, I swear, I despise the Metro designs. Ruined Xbox, and Win8 just looks disgusting. I know it is my opinion, and some like it. I just want to ask, how? What makes you like that?

I cannot see me ever liking it. For the first time since I've had my Xbox for years, I have it set to automatically load the disc, so I don't have to look at the Metro design.

-=SEDIN=- said,
So everyone on here is saying how ugly it is just by looking at the screenshots. Wait until you use it to judge it.

No.

Please, people need to stop making the argument that these are only pre-release screenshots. This MetroUI bullcorn is here to stay. Anybody remember Longhorn? That's pretty close to how Vista looked when it shipped. Some things were refined but the basic structure was set in stone way back in 2003. I have absolutely no faith that Windows 8 will differentiate the UI between platforms. Somebody at Microsoft likes Metro, therefore you have to like Metro. Taking the page right from Apple's playbook.

I've figured it out. Microsoft has been infiltrated to the deepest level by trolls who are trying to make Windows 8 as ugly as possible so nobody will buy it. In the meantime, they are shifting their strategy to release all their software for iOS until they can be bought out by Apple.

Isn't this just a demo/beta Music player app off of the windows store? This is called Music beta, right? Go back to the newest Windows Store leaked shots and there's the notification saying Music beta has been installed iirc.

I really doubt this is the default player in Windows 8, they're just not going to show you the new WMP or maybe Zune v5.0 or WMC yet.

Ugh... they should have just integrated Zune instead of this... this looks so ugly compared to Zune. The Zune design has always used the Metro UI so beautifully.

Anyone know if WMP13 is going to be in Win8?

It would be nice if it had .VP8/WebM support and .mkv support built-in. I rather like WMP12, it always plays files in sync and without jerkyness, they coded it well.

Metro music player probably, WMP isn't going anywhere. I hope the WMP team gets its act together for WMP 13 *if* there is going to be a WMP13 and returns it to a sane UI. Zune software doesn't cut it yet. Zune is good, clean and simple for the average user. WMP serves (or least used to serve) power users with advanced library management and dozens of features, many of which were removed in v11 and v12: http://xpwasmyidea.blogspot.co...moved-in-windows-media.html Still WMP 12 is more advanced than Zune but the WMP 12 UI is a disaster if you ask any WMP fan.

xpclient said,
Metro music player probably, WMP isn't going anywhere. I hope the WMP team gets its act together for WMP 13 *if* there is going to be a WMP13 and returns it to a sane UI. Zune software doesn't cut it yet. Zune is good, clean and simple for the average user. WMP serves (or least used to serve) power users with advanced library management and dozens of features, many of which were removed in v11 and v12: http://xpwasmyidea.blogspot.co...moved-in-windows-media.html Still WMP 12 is more advanced than Zune but the WMP 12 UI is a disaster if you ask any WMP fan.

Thank you! I always use WMP both on the desktop and the Tablet and I would be really disappointed to see it goes away and been replaced by Zune.

xpclient said,
Metro music player probably, WMP isn't going anywhere. I hope the WMP team gets its act together for WMP 13 *if* there is going to be a WMP13 and returns it to a sane UI. Zune software doesn't cut it yet. Zune is good, clean and simple for the average user. WMP serves (or least used to serve) power users with advanced library management and dozens of features, many of which were removed in v11 and v12: http://xpwasmyidea.blogspot.co...moved-in-windows-media.html Still WMP 12 is more advanced than Zune but the WMP 12 UI is a disaster if you ask any WMP fan.

Really? You still use that POS called Media Player?

The fact that on my desktop with an i5 and 8GB of RAM WMP still takes a good couple of minutes to start, then another couple of minutes to find all the music in my 80, yes, 80GB collection and then proceeds to screw up all the album art and track names I set up through the Zune software automatically tells me just how crap it is.

The features that WMP has are still there in the Zune software, along with a few that WMP doesn't have, you just have to look for them.

But then again I seriously doubt that you've even tried the current version of the Zune software.

Edited by neo158, Dec 15 2011, 4:49am :

neo158 said,

Really? You still use that POS called Media Player?

The fact that on my desktop with an i5 and 8GB of RAM WMP still takes a good couple of minutes to start, then another couple of minutes to find all the music in my 80, yes, 80GB collection and then proceeds to screw up all the album art and track names I set up through the Zune software automatically tells me just how crap it is.

The features that WMP has are still there in the Zune software, along with a few that WMP doesn't have, you just have to look for them.

But then again I seriously doubt that you've even tried the current version of the Zune software.

Well I have 75GB of music, the latest version of the Zune software, an Intel Core 2, 2.33GHZ processor and 2GB of RAM. WMP is as fast, if not faster, as Zune to load and I prefer the former. It is just a matter of preferences.......

Feels rather a bit like using media player on the zune or the Windows Phone platform. It fits well with the metro theme of everything else though so i suppose it will not be all that bad, however, it is all about if they are going to keep with all of this media news system like they have had for so long as well.

Windows UX team hopefully working another UI besides what we saw in preview release and leaked screenshots...

Minimalism is good though this implementation is not.

I wish they would take the best parts of WMP, Zune and WMC and integrate it all into a single app. Zune looks way better than this and is already Metro.

Every person commenting like this is a finished UI should probably just sign off of the internets.

It's like watching an idiot convention take place.

MrHumpty said,
Every person commenting like this is a finished UI should probably just sign off of the internets.
It's like watching an idiot convention take place.

Well there's not much else to go on. Neowin often looks like a idiot convention, that's why it's so appealing!

Mateus said,

Well there's not much else to go on. Neowin often looks like a idiot convention, that's why it's so appealing!

Oh I agree there's not much else to go on. But people making this idiot assumptions is just hilarious. I mean really: "I'm switching OS's" "Windows 95 called."

Hell this was the only intelligent comment I saw:

daniel_rh said,
I guess the final UI will look like the Zune Player, with a full background of the band/artirst, a nice cover of the album, etc...

To be honest, I don't think it's done, anyway. It doesn't appear to have that many features in it. They might have only barely started coding it.

1995 called. They want their OS back, Microsoft.
Windows 8 is going to do to Microsoft what a Vista-without-7 world would have done.

I guess the final UI will look like the Zune Player, with a full background of the band/artirst, a nice cover of the album, etc...

Aethec said,
That's the "bad Metro".
Some Metro designs look great, but this is waaaaaaay too plain and empty.

It's not finished. I mean, it doesn't even show the album cover, though it is obviously planned to.

Windows 8 with Metro interface looks worse and worse, either on a desktop or a tablet i dont think i will be moving along with microsoft.

are they deliberately in a course to destroy windows and pave a way for google to jump to the destop?

parisp said,
Windows 8 with Metro interface looks worse and worse, either on a desktop or a tablet i dont think i will be moving along with microsoft.

are they deliberately in a course to destroy windows and pave a way for google to jump to the destop?


LOL..google on desktop

This looks horrendous regardless of whether it follows their Metro design principles or not. Not every app can be successful by following a limited set of design guidelines. That's why Microsoft shoots themselves in the foot so much. Consistency is good but when it makes sense. Sometimes you need to step out of your own box and get a little more creative. I'm sure there could be a lot more appealing design to a music player that still has the Metro look and feel.

One hand will be enough to count all MS products that were consistent in UI design.

For me, Windows 8 with this whole experiment called Metro UI will face same destiny like Windows ME.
Just for gods sake, what is the point of putting (or in fact, pushing) tablet UI on to desktops without even a choice to stay with standard UI? Theres no other explanation than theyre mental and rapacious for money; and because of faster release cycle that they switched in AFAIR, 2007 i dont expect that Windows 8 Beta will be different than developer preview.

insanelyapple said,
One hand will be enough to count all MS products that were consistent in UI design.

For me, Windows 8 with this whole experiment called Metro UI will face same destiny like Windows ME.
Just for gods sake, what is the point of putting (or in fact, pushing) tablet UI on to desktops without even a choice to stay with standard UI? Theres no other explanation than theyre mental and rapacious for money; and because of faster release cycle that they switched in AFAIR, 2007 i dont expect that Windows 8 Beta will be different than developer preview.

What rock have you been living under?

You obviously didn't try the developer preview otherwise you would know that the standard UI is still there, it's just not shown by default.

I really don't like the Metro UI on big screens. It looks great on Windows Phone because the screen is so small and you have such limited space but for me personally I'd much rather have nice multicolor icons, gradients, etc. then just simple solids, 2 color icons, and text on a desktop monitor or larger display. Everything I see about Windows 8 makes me want it less and less for my (non-touch) desktop. That said I am still very interested in seeing it on (touch) ARM tablets.

There's apparently a Windows 8 theme changer that allows you to add gradients and other patterns to the tiles. Doesn't allow you to adjust the paddings, as far as I know.

billyea said,
There's apparently a Windows 8 theme changer that allows you to add gradients and other patterns to the tiles. Doesn't allow you to adjust the paddings, as far as I know.

I hope so because right now Metro doesn't look very well on desktops

daniel_rh said,

I hope so because right now Metro doesn't look very well on desktops


Your kidding right?
The metro design is NOT made for desktops to begin with.

no-sweat said,
What website leaked these screen shots?

Neowin.net of course. Just so there's no confusion, the WinUnleaked.tk is actually part of the screenshot. Silly Microsoft, thinking they can add colourful text over everything to make it prettier.

billyea said,

Silly Microsoft, thinking they can add colourful text over everything to make it prettier.

Silly yourself, complaining against Microsoft over fake screenshots.

A little too minimalistic at this stage. I was expecting something with tiled cover art like the Zune Media Player or Windows Media Center. Hopefully it'll become a little more vibrant in the future.

I still don't get why Microsoft doesn't ditch Windows Media Player altogether and go with Zune. Just like Apple has iTunes built-in in their OSs. hmm...

kimatg said,
I still don't get why Microsoft doesn't ditch Windows Media Player altogether and go with Zune. Just like Apple has iTunes built-in in their OSs. hmm...

Microsoft was given enormous fines, and warnings for shipping Media Player with Windows, by US and EU.
With Zune shipping on every Windows, it would give the anti-trust committees a heart-attack!

kimatg said,
I still don't get why Microsoft doesn't ditch Windows Media Player altogether and go with Zune. Just like Apple has iTunes built-in in their OSs. hmm...

I agree. Why continue developing a competing product? It really makes no sense.

FMH said,

Microsoft was given enormous fines, and warnings for shipping Media Player with Windows, by US and EU.
With Zune shipping on every Windows, it would give the anti-trust committees a heart-attack!

Apple get to do it, why not Microsoft?

FMH said,

Microsoft was given enormous fines, and warnings for shipping Media Player with Windows, by US and EU.
With Zune shipping on every Windows, it would give the anti-trust committees a heart-attack!

Then don't ship it with the OS. Let people go to the zune web site and download it. It's the way people do with every other pieces of software around anyway.

kimatg said,
I still don't get why Microsoft doesn't ditch Windows Media Player altogether and go with Zune. Just like Apple has iTunes built-in in their OSs. hmm...

I'm not sure this is either...

LaP said,
Then don't ship it with the OS. Let people go to the zune web site and download it. It's the way people do with every other pieces of software around anyway.

So pretty much what happens now, except that Windows would be completely unable to play music until you go on the web.

That doesn't sound great...

Xerax said,

Apple get to do it, why not Microsoft?

Because, as repeatedly endlessly, Windows is/was the hugely dominating OS, and OSX is/was not.

Xerax said,

Apple get to do it, why not Microsoft?

Because Apple are tiny, if Apple forced every OSX user to use iTunes, it affects ...10%? of the worlds computer users, and has pretty much zero affect on competition. Microsoft, with the other.. 80%? however can crush competition pretty easily.

Xerax said,

Apple get to do it, why not Microsoft?

Apple is very small company, and it shipping some software didn't affect the rest of tech world much. Microsoft is huge with it's over a billion customers.

FMH said,

Apple is very small company, and it shipping some software didn't affect the rest of tech world much. Microsoft is huge with it's over a billion customers.

Apple is a very small company? I guess they still build all those millions of devices in a garage somewhere.

Pc_Madness said,

Because Apple are tiny, if Apple forced every OSX user to use iTunes, it affects ...10%? of the worlds computer users, and has pretty much zero affect on competition. Microsoft, with the other.. 80%? however can crush competition pretty easily.

More like 5% i think.

Kirkburn said,

So pretty much what happens now,

Then what's the problem with the current model? The OS comes with a "basic" media player (i actually like wmp as a music player). If you don't like it then you go to the zune web site and download it to get the full experience.

Zune can be marketed using wp7 (along with TV ads and such) where the market share of MS is way lower (like iTune is marketed using iOS). Market share of all players is low enough right now in the mobile market to not be an obstacle for any company. People will know about it and download it for PC. It becomes imo a problem only when a company has close to 90% of a market. wp7 + winmo is not even close.

Enron said,

Apple is a very small company? I guess they still build all those millions of devices in a garage somewhere.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I wrote answer in a hurry. Was working on a poll.

Apple at the time of Microsoft's anti-trust investigation, and still today, doesn't have as much power in the desktop OS as Microsoft.

Apple putting a software in the Mac won't start an anti-trust investigation.

But if Apple pre-installed iBooks in all iOS devices, a case will brought in immediately. Therefore it isn't installed. Apple is too big in the mobile now. It would have very strong repercussions.

But for MS, there always have been a strong result of them selling software with their Windows. It killed Netscape, and send a few small others into bankruptcy.

FMH said,

But if Apple pre-installed iBooks in all iOS devices, a case will brought in immediately.

I doubt that. They already preinstall all kinds of stuff

Pc_Madness said,

Because Apple are tiny, if Apple forced every OSX user to use iTunes, it affects ...10%? of the worlds computer users, and has pretty much zero affect on competition. Microsoft, with the other.. 80%? however can crush competition pretty easily.

Actually, Apple is not tiny in the MP3 player market (specially when every product from Iphone to Ipad and in between is a music player) I think a very good monopoly case can be argued for how they lock you into Itunes. I do find the interface ugly, it looks great on the phone, but it looked terrible on the tablets they had for demo (I played with one) I know it is a preview and all that, but it is not as if they just developed the interface principles, they had them from WMP7, I am surprised it still looks so (to my taste) God awful. This snap in another window thing concerns me as it does not seem to 'fit on screen' the main window' it becomes a scroll bar fest. Time will tell.

One would assume he speaks of Apple's market share in the desktop OS department.

Regardless, MS's dominance issues stem from the late 90s. Apple was a drastically different company back then, and it would have made no sense for them to be affected by similar restrictions.

Perhaps *now* it is different - but that's really a different matter.

FMH said,

Microsoft was given enormous fines, and warnings for shipping Media Player with Windows, by US and EU.
With Zune shipping on every Windows, it would give the anti-trust committees a heart-attack!

Weird, the Dutch Windows 7 still comes with a full WMP preinstalled.

The Browser Ballet screen is also an OPTIONAL download.

burnblue said,

I doubt that. They already preinstall all kinds of stuff

Actually I have some Apple iOS devices, and iBooks is not installed.

firey said,
That doesn't look like garbage at all /s

If you guys are going to believe every rumour (this is fake as f**k), then yes it is.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
It is supposed to be consistent with Metro interface, which it is.
It doesn't make his comment wrong...

It's a rubbish pre-beta preview by the looks of it, doubt it will ship in this state. They should just ship with zune, best looking media player around.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Unless he doesn't like Metro. At all

So far Windows 8 metro looks like absolute ****, so I'm not surprised. I'm not too worried about it yet though. Typically Microsoft doesn't finalize the UI until later in the process. I'm sure they know they need to make it more aesthetically appealing if they want to sell even a single copy of it.

AJerman said,

So far Windows 8 metro looks like absolute ****, so I'm not surprised. I'm not too worried about it yet though. Typically Microsoft doesn't finalize the UI until later in the process. I'm sure they know they need to make it more aesthetically appealing if they want to sell even a single copy of it.

Thats your opinion, not everyone agrees with you

Hollow.Droid said,

So you'd actually be pleased for it to ship looking like that? Damn...

You obviously missed the point he was making in his comment.

LaP said,
Looks like something designed by a really bad artist.

obvoiusly this is just an app that someone built at home and is pretending is a leak.. they showed the video playing app when windows 8 was released.. Obiously the music app will look exactly like zune is today with an updated look for the more modern metro style

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Thats your opinion, not everyone agrees with you

No, but I'd be willing to bet if you polled the public, 90% or more would. Windows 8 looks terrible right now. It's not the best color choices, it's TOO flat, and it's not very usable. These are the kind of things that get refined in the development process, so I'm not complaining. I do like the Metro UI (I think), but what is implemented in the developer preview, which is all we can really judge right now, is quite obviously not final. I don't think I could sell a single person on upgrading to Windows 8 if it was released looking just like the DP.