cant download windows media

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by qwerty546, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. qwerty546 macrumors member

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    im trying to download windows media for mac and it says i have to pick an application to open it. what application should i be using?
     
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Give Flip4Mac a shot.
    It's a Quicktime plugin that will let you play WMV files, and it should also have a web plug-in as well.
     
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    You want to use Flip4Mac for Quicktime for Windows Media, also Perian is well worth a download.

    It is probably also worth getting VLC as well.

    (Google them and the first link should be relevant).
     
  4. qwerty546 thread starter macrumors member

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    wait so i cant just download windows media via the apple site for mac?
     
  5. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    The Microsoft version of Windows Media Player for Mac gave way to Flip4Mac a while back. Flip4Mac is the "official" WMV player for OS X now.
     
  6. plinden macrumors 68040

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    What exactly are you trying to download? Can you provide a link?
     
  7. epochblue macrumors 68000

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  8. qwerty546 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok but why isnt flip4mac on apples website instead of the windows media player for mac which apparently doesnt work?
     
  9. qwerty546 thread starter macrumors member

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    yes i am
     
  10. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Just hasn't been updated in a long time, I suppose? Who knows. I would say it's an oversight, however. If there's a place to report that sort of thing, I recommend you do that.
     
  11. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Who knows. Just forget about Windows Media Player. It is really old, PowerPC-only, and evil.

    Download Flip4Mac and Perian.
     
  12. qwerty546 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok is there anyone that has downloaded windows media for mac that can tell me what i am doing wrong or is it the website's problem?
     
  13. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Are you still trying to download that .bin file? Use Flip4Mac. It's a .dmg that'll open no problem.

    Microsoft is no longer directly supporting WMP for Mac. If you go directly to Microsoft and look for windows media player, it links to Flip4Mac.
     
  14. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    We all just told you; don't download Windows Media for Mac. It is not meant for Intel Macs. It also is so old, it probably wouldn't play whatever it is you're trying to play anyway.

    Visit Microsoft's official site about it. It will reveal all.
     
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  16. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Dude, stop trying to download Windows Media Player. We all answered your question. You do not want Windows Media Player for Mac.

    Go to Microsoft's official Mac Windows Media site here: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=windowsmedia

    Windows Media Player for Mac has been discontinued. It is not Intel native, very old, and has officially been replaced by Flip4Mac as per Microsoft's web page.
     
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  18. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Download and install the following:

    Flip4Mac
    Perian
    VLC

    Forget about Windows Media Player for Mac it is crap and unsupported by Microsoft.
     
  19. qwerty546 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok i understand that i have to use flip for mac but why is there an option on windows website for wmp for mac os x, and apple's website?
     
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  21. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Because in the olden days there was a Windows Media Player for Mac. Those days are long gone. So go get Flip4Mac.
     
  22. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Legacy? Just haven't cleaned it up yet? Could be a million reasons - just download Flip4Mac, enjoy your WMV files, and don't worry about it :)
     
  23. plinden macrumors 68040

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    <deep breath ... ok, relax>
    That's WMP 9. Microsoft stopped development of WMP for the Mac after version 9.
     
  24. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    And for everyone's reference, the final update of Windows Media Player: Mac (version 9) was released on November 28, 2003. Yes, it's that old.
     

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