About Device Synchronization

Windows Media Player 10 introduced a new model for synchronizing digital media content with portable devices. From the user's perspective, this means you can specify which playlists (including auto playlists) synchronize automatically with devices. You can also manually transfer digital media content to devices. From the developer's perspective, this means there is new functionality exposed that you can take advantage of in your applications. To do this, you must create a remoted instance of the Windows Media Player control.

There are two ways a user can copy digital media content to a device:

  • Manual transfer. The user selects digital media content in the library and then initiates a transfer of the content to the device. This is similar to the functionality provided by previous versions of Windows Media Player. The Windows Media Player SDK does not provide methods for transferring digital media to a device.
  • Automatic synchronization. The user specifies playlists that automatically synchronize with the device. This is a feature of Windows Media Player 10 or later. The Windows Media Player SDK provides functionality for managing automatic synchronization. This functionality is designed to let you build a custom user interface for your application to specify how device synchronization happens and to provide status information to users.

For automatic synchronization to work, a special relationship must be established between Windows Media Player and the device. This relationship is called a partnership.

The following sections provide more information about device synchronization.

About the Player Object Model

Remoting the Windows Media Player Control

Working with Portable Devices