The standard media player that ships with Windows does a good job. Its free and it supports arange of media formats. However as with virtually any free software it has a downside. Itsdevelopers have concentrated on how to make some profit by selling media and not how to get youbuying the player itself. This is probably the main reason why the default Windows media player isso slow. When you start it it connects to the Internet loads advertising and more.Its time to think about a good replacement! @MAX Tray Player is intended for everyday use. Doyou like to listen to some background music when working with other Windows applications [email protected] Tray Player is for you. The program inserts control buttons right into your Windows tray. Youdont have to open the main program window to control the player and you can easily access thesebuttons from any Windows application.While @MAX Tray Player is lightning fast and has a low impact on system resources it is still apowerful and feature-reach media center. It supports many audio and video file formats andprovides advanced options and browsing capabilities. My Media browser window introduces anexplorer-like interface to your media resources and provides many useful features to managecollections of your music and video files. Moreover there is an ingenious way to select media filesfrom the Windows Tray. A pop-up menu allows you to browse your disks and select folders or filesas you select programs from your Windows Start button menu.The program has a great look and a skinnable interface. Additional skins are available fordownload from the developers site.And to top all that @MAX Tray Player is absolutely free.