Most people think of watching and recording TV when they think of Windows Media Center, but did you know that Media Center is also a great way to listen to music?
You can use Windows Media Center to play your favorite songs, create playlists for parties, and even watch a slide show of your pictures while the music plays.
Media Center is best experienced using a compatible Media Center remote control. If you don't have a Media Center remote control, you can scroll left or right through your digital media collection by moving the mouse to the edge of the screen or by using the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Music, and then click Music library.
Click a grouping (such as Albums or Artists), and then click the music that you want to listen to.
Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to play, and then click Play.
If you already have music playing and you want to add a song, album, or playlist to the song list (queue) to play afterward, right-click the item, and then click Add to Song List.
To search your Media Center music library from the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Music, scroll to the right, click Search, and then enter your search criteria.
You can rate individual songs so you can keep track of your favorites, and then play only your favorite music.
Click Songs, right-click a song that you want to rate, and then click the Rating button (five stars in a row) multiple times until it displays the desired rating.
By default, Media Center uses ratings to determine which songs are your favorites. To change the Favorite Music settings, from the Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click Music, click Favorite Music, make any adjustments you like, and then click Save.
You can create a special presentation of your favorite pictures to display when your music is playing.
When music is playing, on the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Now Playing, and then click the icon.
Click Play Pictures to start the presentation of your favorite pictures.
By default, Media Center determines which pictures are your favorites by each picture's rating. To change the rating for a picture, or to change the Favorite Pictures settings, see View pictures and videos in Windows Media Center.
Click View Song List, click Edit List, and then do one of the following:
You can save the songs that are queued in your song list as a permanent playlist to play again. Playlists are a great way to customize your listening experience. By creating a playlist, you can group any combination of songs into a list that you can then quickly play or burn to a CD. To learn how to burn music, see Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Center.
After adding music to your song list, on the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Now Playing, and then click the icon.
Click View List, and then click Save As Playlist.
Type a name for the playlist, and then click Save.
When you save the song list (queue) as a playlist, it's added to your permanent set of playlists. You can access your playlists in the Music library under Playlists.
If you delete a song, album, or playlist from within Media Center, it's deleted from the Music library and the computer permanently.
Click Album, Song, or Playlist, right-click a title or name, and then click Delete.
Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
While music is playing, on the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Now Playing, and then click the icon.
You can cycle through the various visualizations using the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, and then click Music.
Click Now Playing Options, and then select the Start visualizations automatically check box.
Under Show song information during visualizations, select an option, and then click Save.