Windows 8 Beta will include a new touch-friendly Metro style music player, if the leaked screenshots are anything to go by. The Metro-style music player has specially been designed for Windows 8 tablets and will not replace the default Windows Media Player or Media Center.
Those who have seen the pictures of leaked music player may like to get the same style music player in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well. Though it’s not possible to directly port the music player to previous versions of Windows at this point of time, Windows enthusiasts have been working hard to bring the new music player UI to popular media players.
Users who are using CD Art Display software (free) will be happy to know that they can now get the Windows 8 metro-style music player in XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview as well by installing a new skin created by PeterRollar.
How to install and enable the new skin:
Step 1: Users who have CD Art Display on their PCs can skip this step. Other users can download CD Art Display from here. Once downloaded, run the setup file and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Step 2: Download the Windows 8 Music Player skin zip file from here and extract the zip file to get MusicbetaWin8.cskin file.
Step 3: Double-click on the skin file to install necessary files. The skin file actually copies all necessary files to Program Files\CD Art Display\Skins folder.
Step 4: Launch CD Art Display program, right-click on CD Art Display program icon in notification area and select Skin > Musicbeta Win8 > Default. If you can’t find Musicbeta Win8 entry in the installed skins list, you may need to extract musicbetawin8.cskin file contents to Program Files\CD Art Display\Skins folder and then try this step again.
To view the full screen skin, select Skin > Musicbeta Win8 > Maximized.
Move the mouse cursor over the CD Art Display tile to see pause/resume option. Moving the mouse cursor to the top left corner of the tile will display an option to close the CD Art Display. Move the cursor to the top right to see a small box and clicking on the box will switch to full screen mode.
In full screen mode, you will see shuffle, repeat, clear queue and save queue options. We tested this skin on Windows 7 (x64) and can confirm it works pretty well considering that it’s sill in beta stage.