I couldn't agree more with the original poster. I'm a MS junkie, preferring to use MS tools over all else just because, but WMP has had me playing with Real and WinAmp over the last year because it is almost completely unusable. Sad.
I don't have the multi-monitor problem that Scooter has. My guess is that it is related to the video overlay settings with his video drivers. However, I too am annoyed by those dang store icons.
WMP is a sad disappointment, and it pains me to admit it.