How to listen to Windows Media Player on my MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mrs HBF, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Mrs HBF macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    I want to listen to a choral service from my church's website that seems to be available on the Windows Media Player platform only.

    Must I download from Microsoft to do this? One reason I left the PC and MS world was I didn't want to deal with Microsoft viruses and such. Thus I'm leery about downloading Windows software. Is that what I have to do? If so, where? Thanks.
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I think if you download vlc you it should be able to play it. I'm not completely positive, but it's free so it's worth trying.
  3. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    you should download

    and vlc

    Personally, i think these are mac staples
  4. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    I should download all of them? From any place in particular? My concern is that I don't want my MBP exposed to Microsoft viruses and such.
  5. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    flip4mac is sht, there I warned you.
    I've tried it with several machines and lots of websites, it never works.
    both perian and vlc are great, although they do almost the exact same, so you should be fine getting just one of them.
  6. lickitysplit macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    I think VLC will get the job done fine. Its a freeware that can be found on google.
  7. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Flip4Mac -
    VLC Player -
    Perian -

    Btw, Microsoft does not really publish viruses.
    And if you download malware meant for Windows, it will not harm Mac OS X, otherwise we could run Windows software without the help of third party solutions or Boot Camp.

  8. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    +1 for VLC . I swear it has just about every codec out there!
  9. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    VLC sounds like a plan. I read a review of it in CNET and they liked it. In fact, they offered a free VLC download from the CNET website.

    So I went to the VLC website.

    In blue on the upper left hand side, it says "Download VLC". Below it, though, it reads:

    What does all of that mean? If I just click the blue link above it, will that be all I need to do?

    I'm sorry if it sounds obvious, but this is all new to me. All I want to do is listen to a Windows Media file on a website. Thanks.
  10. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Just clicking the Download button will work, it downloads the correct version for your OS, at least it does for me.

    Btw, VLC Player is free, thus CNET could only offer it for free anyway.

  11. gurm42 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2010
    All three of those apps do different things.

    Flip4Mac adds in a WMV decoder to Quicktime.
    Perian adds a whole bunch of other codecs (but NOT WMV) to Quicktime.

    VLC, on the other hand, is a standalone decoder. Quicktime has nothing to do with VLC. VLC will decode things all on its own.

    They have their plusses and minuses.

    Flip4Mac uses Microsoft's actual codecs for WMV, so you're going to get the best WMV playback out of it (although it has some quirks like you have to set it to preload everything or you can't scan around the file until it's all loaded).

    VLC is completely independent of everything, so it is often the fastest.

    Perian I like because the more things that Quicktime knows how to render, the more preview icons you get - and also the more stuff just "works" with a click. (Good if you share the computer or aren't super knowledgeable!)

    - G
  12. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    Thanks everybody. I went to the Apple Store and they recommended flip4mac for what I want to do. So I downloaded it. Thanks.

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