Microsoft's latest Windows Media press release reminds me of the McDonald's signs that list how many hamburgers the company has sold. Microsoft claims that in the 30 days version 9 of the player has been available, 14 million people have downloaded it (myself included.) And 3 million downloads of Movie Maker 2 have been recorded by the folks in Redmond.The download numbers are not surprising. The Windows Media Player 9 is pretty cool and I haven't even begun to explore most of the features. One thing I do like is the ability to slow down or speed up playback speed. This came in very handy while transcribing a Webcast the past couple nights. However, the original WAV file playback speed could not be modified, so I had to first encode into Windows Media format. After that, worked like a charm.