When Windows 7 reaches the end of its life in less than one year, it is likely that developers will begin to remove features from the operating system. Cometing the process of withdrawal of functions, Microsoft withdraws a feature from the Windows Media Player, according to the updated support documentation on its website (via Windows Latest).
New metadata for music, TV shows and movies will not be added to Windows Media Player. This means that additional information, such as cover art, directors, actors, and more will not be displayed in Windows Media Player. This change also affects Windows Media Center on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Microsoft explained the change in its supporting documentation:
From now on, you may not be able to view information (metadata) such as title, genre, and artist for songs, and the director, actors, cover art and TV movie guide in Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player. After observing customer feedback and usage data, Microsoft decided to suspend this service. This means that new metadata will not be updated to the media players installed on your Windows device. However, any information that has already been downloaded will still be available.
This change does not affect any media player's main functionality, such as playback, browsing, multimedia streaming, etc. You can only see the secondary functions that require the download of new metadata.
Windows 10 is not affected. This change is effective immediately.
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