CD-Text is used to store additional information on an audio CD. The information consist of the album, name, song name, track info and artist usually. Many computer music players like Winamp or MediaMonkey can read CD-Text and display the information. Instead of playing track 1 the user would actually see the track name and related information which improves the music listening experience considerable.
Windows Media Player never officially supported CD-Text which is where WMPCDText comes into play. The plugin for Windows Media Player 10 or 11 is capable of reading and displaying CD-Text information in Windows Media Player, so that users of Microsoft's default media player can take advantage of CD text as well.
The Windows Media Player plugin comes with an option to automatically load the CD-Text information if present on the CD. The alternative would be to right-click on the tracks of the CD to load the CD-Text information into Windows Media Player.
This obviously only works with CDs that make use of CD-Text information. Many burning software programs can burn CD-Text including Nero, ImgBurn or iTunes. The Windows Media Player plugin will run on Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista with administrative rights required on XP and 2003.
WMPCDText especially comes in handy when using Windows Media Player for playing home-made audio CDs. Before WMPCDText, you would have to insert all the track information of such a CD manually into Windows Media Player. Now, just make sure that the CD-Text information is burned onto the CD, play the burned CD with Windows Media Player, and WMPCDText will automatically read the track information from the CD itself and insert it into the Media Library.
Update: Windows Media Player CDText has been updated recently. It is compatible with Windows 7, and preliminary support for the upcoming Microsoft operating system Windows 8 and Windows Media Player 12 have been added as well in that version. Support for Windows Media Player 10 has been dropped on the other hand, which means that it will only work with Media Player 11 or up from now on.
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