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Microsoft releases Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X

updated 11:55 pm EST, Fri November 7, 2003

Windows Media Player 9

Microsoft has released : "Sporting a new brushed steel skin for Apple's newest operating system, this new version of our player opens the world of Windows Media 9 content to Macintosh users, enabling them to access the best audio and video on the Web. New plug-in support added for Internet Explorer, Netscape and Safari enables playback of Windows Media files right from the browser."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    should have known...

    I decided to install this thing and not only did the installer finish with a nice crash, it took the finder down with it.

    DOH

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Great!!!!

    Now I can watch all the p*** I've been denied from!!!!
    This is fantastic news!!!!!

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    Difference not noticeable

    Well, it's about bloody time? Windows has had version 9 for about two years, right? Other than choosing Default to see the new GUI, which looks simply like a combination of the other two, is the only noticeable difference. I realize that functionality is what is most important, but for the first time in my decades of computing, I finally recognize the importance of updating GUI and noticeable features, as the increased functionality invisible under the hood is difficult to appreciate. I don't remember what media I was unable to view with the old 7.1 version for the last couple of years, so I won't really notice a difference.

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    I'm glad OS X is so stab

    because after I installed this windows media player sfotware it was quitting left and right. In the OS 9 days, this would have crashed the entire computer but the superior architecture of OS X doesn't allow even such a poorly-written app from microsoft to crash anything but itself.

    Kudos to Apple.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Should I be happy?

    I will be when B.G. will read that Apple has released OSX on Intel. Anyhow...thanks...but no thanks. Cannot stand the wma format. Hey, you guys at Microsoft BU...why don't you make your own Mac company and maybe port something like OpenOffice...you might make us happier. ;-)

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    WMP 9

    WMP 9 has been out for Windows for only 6 months at most, nowhere near 2 years. You guys are so damn harsh - Microsoft is damned if they do, damned if they don't. If they don't provide something for the Mac you b**** about their monopoly, hegemony, etc, but when they do provide something you just b**** about how S***** it is. They are not obligated to provide any Mac software other than office (are they still even obligated to provide that?). No matter what your feelings about the wma format are, there's a lot of content out there in wma format. Now Mac users can see it too. Quit your whining.

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    This stinks.

    This thing is c***. Why isn't it multi-threaded? The movie stops when I mouse down on the player window never mind dragging the window around. Why isn't the interface updated for Panther? M$ half-a$$ed this port.

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the guy who said quit whining. Seriously, Mac is wonderful... except for the whining users! Same lame a** people who b**** about MS all the time but then use Virtual PC or MS Messenger (or compatible IM like Fire)or WMP or Office. Get over it. Either b**** about MS and not use MS or use MS and stop whining.

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    I wouldn't use it if you paid me to!

    I do not have any MS software on my Mac, and boy, does it ever feel good!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Minimum Effort

    Microsoft really didn't put any effort into it.

    The only reason why they updated it was so that they could push it as a cross-platform standard. Sticking us with a crappy barely useable program is still good enough to push it as a streaming media standard. Which is Microsoft's biggest goal at this point.

    Standardize the closed proprietary format of WMV/WMA. I was really hoping for this player to host some major improvements, such as basic useability. It's back to VLC for me.

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