2003 Winter Fun Packs for Windows XP

The latest round of Windows XP Fun Packs is available for download, including a nice selection of winter-themed sound effects and soundtracks for Windows Movie Maker 2. If Windows XP is your primary operating system, there’s no reason you shouldn’t download these files and add them to your video editing tool set. Make sure you seek out the Creativity Fun Pack while you’re visiting. Released earlier this year, the CFP contains more audio effects and several titles for Windows Movie Maker. The Winter Fun Packs also include a Winter Wallpaper changer, themed photos, some animated video clips, and yet another Plus! Dancer.

foobar2000

As much as I love skinning my multimedia players, there’s something to be said for efficiency. Peter Pawlowski, a veteran of the Winamp team scales back all the bloat with this media player offering resembling something that looks like it should have debuted back in the days of Windows 95. foobar2000 runs with a minimal amount of memory usage, producing a big white window for you to view your playlist while choosing from a feature list that would put some of the more well known media players to shame. While I wouldn’t consider this app ready for primetime, it runs without a hitch. If you need to conserve on RAM, you can’t go wrong replacing your current media player with foobar2000.

Griff

A full-fledged music sequencer for your Pocket PC? Impossible, right? Wrong! This app may be the
single reason I abandon Palm OS in favor of Pocket PC. Construct and edit songs, create samples,
mix tracks, and add standard effects, all from the palm of your hand. While editing music from a
desktop environment is certainly more ergonomic, carrying your Pocket PC with you and building
beats, or generating rough mixes when the muse strikes is a practical solution for creative types.
Pricing for add-on instruments is a little steep, at approximately $17, but for the convenience of
portability, nothing else is currently available.

iTunes

After the hype dies down, iTunes is just another media player for Windows, with a built-in store. The Windows version looks and feels much like the Mac version, appearing to be nothing more than a pretty face for the audio portion of QuickTime. The win for PC users is a convenient solution for purchasing downloadable music to play on the market-leading portable music player, the iPod. Despite my love of Mac OS X and its collection of digital media apps, I’ll be sticking with Windows Media Player and WMA files for my portable music listening needs. With support from a greater number of players, it just makes more sense.