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3Select or deselect the various check boxes, depending on your preferences. Microsoft has a long, tumultuous history of using Windows Media Player to gather all sorts of personal information about you and your media-playing habits. (Of course, the tiled, Metro Music app collects everything with wild abandon anyway.) Approach this dialog box with skepticism.
Select only the Display Media Information from the Internet and the Update Music Files by Retrieving Media Information from the Internet check boxes. You may want to send Microsoft more, but unless you have an overwhelming reason to do so, you might want to limit your exposure. Of course, if you choose the option Display Media Information from the Internet, Microsoft keeps tabs on you, too. The check box marked Download Usage Rights Automatically when I Play or Sync a File only applies to DRM-protected (read: copy protected) files that you bought long ago from Microsoft, which is why you might not want to let WMP check for Usage Rights. Anything Microsoft sold you in the recent past doesn’t have DRM protection. Anything that still has DRM protection deserves to be deleted.