If you are following news and rumors related to Windows 8, then you must have heard that a new touch-friendly Metro style music player will come with the beta version of Windows 8. Even though the Beta version of Windows 8 still not available for testing, but you can get a same Metro style music player in your current Windows 7 or Vista, with the help of a small trick.
The Metro-style music player in Windows 8 has specially been designed for Windows 8 devices running Touch-screen monitors, such as Tablets and will not replace the default Windows Media Player or Media Center. That’s mean you can have the Metro style Music player along with your regular Windows media player or Media Center. Well, till now it is not possible to directly get the Metro Music Player in windows 7. But you can follow this tutorial to get somewhat similar music player in Windows 7.
1. First of all you need to Download a small software called “CD Art Display”. As the name suggests, it is a small application that shows your currently playing song’s cover in a customizable skin. Download it from “CD Art Display’s Website” and install it.
2. Now Download the Windows 8 Metro Music Player skin Files from PeterRollar’s DeviantArt Page . Now extract the archive to get the “Musicbeta Win8.cskin” file. Now Double-Click that file to actually install the Skin File.
3. Now Launch CD Art Display program and right-click on the icon in notification area. Select “Musicbeta Win8” under the Skin sub-menu. You are done. Now Play any song in Windows Media Player, Winamp, or in iTunes to see the new CD Art Display skin in action. You can select Skin > Musicbeta Win8 > Maximized from the notification area to view your metro music player in full-screen mode.
You can Mouseover the tile to bring up the play/pause button. Your player will start with this button if it is not already running. Mouseover the right upper corner brings up the button to switch to full screen mode.Mouseover the left upper corner shows the button to exit the app. Click on the tile hides/unhide the artist/song text.
Even though it is not exactly the original Windows 8 Metro Music Player, but still it looks like and behave like the original one, up to some extent. And at least you get the opportunity to test the Metro Music Player on a windows XP/Vista/7 computer.