The User interface of WMP is second to none.
Let me say that again...
The user interface of Windows media player is second to NONE.
If there is something better I've never found it or been told about it.
Getting it to display information about CD-audio can be "Twitchy" unless you have your browser open because WMP seems to have difficulty connecting by itself to access the db that identifies the CD.
Once a CD has been played it will always be recognized.
As for WMP recognizing CD-Text (if you are inserting one of the 3% of CD's that HAVE CD-Text information encoded) most other audio player programs don't use CD text either.
NOW, if you are talking about mp3 playback this is where WMP is pretty good, BUT WMP does not do a good job of creating or editing ID3 tags, you can edit the information of any media you have "searched for" with WMP but it's kinda halfassed about editing ALL the information.
that being said if you use TagScanner to create proper ID3 tags for each file before "searching" for media when WMP "finds" the media files all the information will be pre- entered.
I personally use WMP9.0 for playback, because it lets me organize
my music in any way that strikes my mood at a given moment.
I do not use it to burn discs or "rip" CD's or anything else.
I use it ONLY for playback.