Windows media and other players

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DrRock, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. DrRock macrumors regular

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    It's my understanding that WMP 9 is the newest available for OSX. I downloaded it, but I have no application to open the install. What do I use? And is there any other 'universal' player for mac? Or should quicktime open all files?
     
  2. tikibangout macrumors regular

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    I use VLC. Try it out and see if you like it. Personally, I prefer it.

    WMP for Mac isn't that great at all.
     
  3. Fukui macrumors 68000

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    You need to download stuffit expander to expand the download I beleive.
    Then you can open the windows media installer.

    Otherwise you can try flip4mac.
    This will let quicktime open windows media 9 videos and even use them in iMovie ect.

    And VLC is good, but still limited.

    If you use flip4mac, in combination with real player, you can open almost all files with real player because it can also open quicktime, and with flip4mac you can open WMV. But flip4mac is not free...
     
  4. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^

    I have stufit expander, and when I went to open it, it told me that it didn't need expansion. The download has an extension of '.stix' Does that sound right? I'll try those others you mentioned as well.
     
  5. nsheikh80 macrumors regular

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    Doc, I had this problem too but whenever I downloaded WM9 it was a .bin extension and StuffIt took care of it. Try downloading again.
     
  6. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^

    Ok, that's weird; I found a download with the .bin extension, and when it started, it hsowed that as the extension, but then changed to .sitx??? Is this some new function in Tiger or something?
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Tiger does not change the extension. The file downloaded when you click on .bin is actually .sitx. Save this, the instructions on the download page are correct. Stuffit Expander properly unstuffs Windows Media.sitx to extract Windows Media Installer.
     
  8. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^

    Hmmm...then there's something wrong with my stuffit expander, because it won't open the installer. What's weird is, when I search it on the support page at apple.com, I find out that stuffit isn't included in Tiger. It must be opening from classic, but maybe the classic version doesn't recognize the newer version of WMP? I don't know. I also downloaded that VLC, but of course got some error message. I went to open a .wmv file to test it, and got audio only. I don't know, I'm new to macs, so I guess it will just take some time to figure things out.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    There is no Stuffit included with Tiger at all, not in classic and not in OSX you have to download it.

    I use Stuffit Expander 9 from the Stuffit site, it opens in Tiger, not classic and I used it to extract the installer (god I hate installers) from the .sitx file. All went well.

    I don't know what is wrong with your copy, try dragging Expander to the trash to delete the programme and download it again. Make sure you install it into your applications folder, you may have to point it towards your .sitx file or drag it onto the window that opens when you double click on expander. It should just work, I don't know what you're doing wrong as I can't find anything there to suggest that you are.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ditto everything Chundles said for me too. Stuffit was included on system installs under Panther, but is not under Tiger. I re-installed WMP9 under Tiger using the method described. If you can get it to work through double-clicking, try starting Stuffit Expander and then dragging the .sitx file into the window or onto the dock icon.
     
  11. Fukui macrumors 68000

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    Maybe your download was corrupted, try downloading it again, and make sure to install stuffit 9 first.... yes there is no reson for MS to use stuffit, but oh well...
     
  12. Nermal Moderator

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    It's cheap enough though :)
    Never in my life have I bought an app so soon after demoing it (literally a couple of minutes) :D
     
  13. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

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    There is a confusion about wmv files... There are 3 types of WMV files. WMV, WMV2, WMV3. Other players than microsoft's can open the first 2, but for the third, I think you are going to need windows media player. That's the only reason I keep Windows Media Player into my mac. For everything else, I use VLC.
     
  14. Nermal Moderator

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    Or Flip :)
     
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