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Old Sep 28, 2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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how to open wmv file?

Whenever I get an email with a "wmv" file, I cannot open it and cannot figure out which application to choose to do so...any ideas out there for me?
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Old Sep 28, 2007, 04:30 PM   #2
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Try Flip4Mac, an old copy of the no longer supported Windows Media Player for Mac (If you can find it) or a copy of VLC (Video Lan Client) ought to help.
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Old Sep 28, 2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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You can use Flip4Mac to open them in Quicktime...if you don't have that, you probably don't have Perian, I recommend that as it allows you to play a variety of files in Quicktime
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VLC is a great media player in general, but WMV files are one of the few formats it seems to have difficulties with.

Instead, try Flip4Mac and/or Perian.
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OK wait a minute I downloaded WMP 9 for Mac not too long ago....ok the beginging of the month and I have had no problems playing any WMV and or related files.
When did MS drop the support for WMP?! and no I'm not advocating WMP over Flip4Mac. I'm just concerned due to the fact that I am still running Panther with out any difficulties at all....

Thank you for all the nagging, bit***ng, and nasty comments I'll be getting


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Old Sep 28, 2007, 04:41 PM   #6
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When did MS drop the support for WMP?!
Check out this page at Microsoft.

As for VLC playing WMV files, I've had pretty good experiences, but with a limited number of files.

Perian is good too. Forgot 'bout that one.
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OK wait a minute I downloaded WMP 9 for Mac not too long ago....ok the beginging of the month and I have had no problems playing any WMV and or related files.
When did MS drop the support for WMP?! and no I'm not advocating WMP over Flip4Mac. I'm just concerned due to the fact that I am still running Panther with out any difficulties at all....

Thank you for all the nagging, bit***ng, and nasty comments I'll be getting
I wasn't aware MS was discontinuing support for WMP for Mac myself, although I have heard it mentioned from time to time here on MacRumors.

Edit: Thanks for the link, now I have proof!


Regardless, Perian and Flip4Mac are both UB and will run on Panther systems just fine, so don't worry about using them - I am a fellow Panther user as well. I'd recommend just removing WMP and using these tools instead, but if there is something specific you require WMP (or if you simply prefer its interface/performance) then by all means stick with it and do as you like.
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On January 12, 2006 Microsoft announced it had ceased development of Windows Media Player for Mac. However no significant updates were made to it since 11/2003.
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WMP still works just because it was discontinued doesn't mean you can't still get it.
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WMP still works just because it was discontinued doesn't mean you can't still get it.
Yes, but WMP is made by Microsoft and Perian and Flip4Mac are so much better...
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WMP still works just because it was discontinued doesn't mean you can't still get it.
Agreed. The page I linked to contained instructions to download it.

On the other hand, when a product vendor tries to convince me to
*not* use their product, I tend to listen to them.

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Note: Flip4Mac does not support content that is protected with Windows Media digital rights management (DRM).

And this would mean?!



~Shard~, and here I thought I was the only H.O.M.O. living under a Mac rock!

No, no, no, Since MS wont be doing any suport for its WMP4MAC I don't want it [wmp] to do some sort of MS freak out and kill my G4!......I'll look into F4M, might need to clear some HD space

Tya'll for the comments and the shoulder

Now does any one have free Mac goodies that they don't want anymore......ohhhhh gee i dunno a MBP would be nice LOL J/K

Thanks once again!!!
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Old Sep 28, 2007, 05:03 PM   #13
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Ok...thanks! I went to "flip4mac" and can FINALLY see the emails that everyone feels compelled to forward to me...I know that any problems I have I can just jump on here and have a solution asap...you guys are great!!
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Ok...thanks! I went to "flip4mac" and can FINALLY see the emails that everyone feels compelled to forward to me...I know that any problems I have I can just jump on here and have a solution asap...you guys are great!!
awwwwww gee now i have that warm MAC feeling all over me

No, sadly today was a drug free friday so yeah more sarcasm
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