I have not seen much reference to Windows Media Player in this forum. I use WMP to rip CDs to WMA lossless for playback through an external Soundblaster Audigy 2 NX connected to my laptop (via USB 2.0) and Yamaha amp/Cambridge Soundworks speakers. In adition to using WMP for ripping, I also use it as my player. I like the convenience and flexibility of the "media server" concept as opposed to loading CDs in a changer and pushing many buttons to program tracks.
Anyway, is there an inherent dislike for WMP? What are the issues? Is there something I could be doing better?
My musical tastes are classical piano, baroque and some pop vocals (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Carole King, etc.)