Plugins or add-ons as they are sometimes called enable you to extend the capabilities of a software program. Windows Media Player (WMP) supports plugins which are useful bolt-on applications for adding new features and customizing the interface for your particular needs.
For example, if you use Windows Media Player 12 and miss the advanced tag editor (previously an option in WMP 11), then you can add this facility by using a plugin. Another example of a plugin that you might want to install is one that displays lyrics on-screen in real-time. If you want to learn the words to a song, then this can be a useful addition to WMP for visually learning a song rather than by ear alone.
For more information on some of the best free plugins, read the following Windows Media Player articles:
- Fixing Common Windows Media Player Problems
- How To Optimize Windows Media Player For Streaming Music Videos
- Essential Software for Digital Music