jamie wrote:
please make it open to your playlist - not the nutty dhtml page on msn that takes for ever to load - even on 3 meg dsl


This is easy enough to do:  add /Task MediaLibrary to the command-line parameters in the shortcut you use to launch WMP.

Other command-line parameters are listed here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/wmplay/mmp_sdk/commandlineparameters.asp