Is there some compelling reason to trust google with private, sensitive information more than MSFT? There may be, but personally I think businesses are businesses and they'll leverage that information however they think they can without attracting attention to themselves.
No, they shouldn't be trusted. IMO, Google and Microsoft are vying to see who will be the Anti-Christ
. As you said, they are in business to make as much money as possible without the Feds or consumers getting too upset.
I pretty much just use my Gmail account for spam now. However, it seems that every Email, IM, Internet search, Web site visit, Forum post or Phone number called is saved somewhere by someone or something. Pretty scary to think about but c'est la vie in the 21st century.
If you just want a basic player, I'd go with either WMP9/10, or some of the other players people have mentioned here. No need to fix something that already works.
Yeah, not much has changed. They just moved some buttons around and changed the skin. But I was on WMP 9 so I said what the heck, I'll give it a try.
Edit: Added phone numbers called to the list. Be careful what you say, Big Brother is listening!