Question about Windows Media Player


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 8, 2006
San Jose, CA
A few websites that I used to frequent on my PC that have streaming video require that I use WMP. Naturally, one of the first things I did after getting my new iMac fired up last week was surf the web. When I stumbled onto those websites, they prompted me to download WMP to play the video, so I followed the link to Microsoft's website and did so.

However, after downloading the file, the extension of the filename was ".stix." When double-clicking on the downloaded file, nothing happened - I was just prompted to select a program that could handle the stix file.

Can anybody help me out here? I'm sure this is just a total n00b question, but I'm not sure what to do. I would have just imagined that if I clicked on the "Mac" downlad on MSFT's website, the file would be ready-to-go once the d/l was complete.

Thanks so much, in advance.



macrumors 604
Sep 11, 2004
Canberra, Australia
You may have downloaded the Windows version, as Microsoft no longer make Media Player for Mac. You can use Flip 4 Mac which enables Quicktime to play media player files. I've found with streaming video's it doesn't always work that well. Another option is to find Media Player for Mac (the last release of it) somewhere and try it out using that.

Hope that helps a bit. :)


macrumors 6502
Jun 8, 2004
Inland Empire
Perfusion, I'd say you're best off installing Windows Media Player, even if it hasn't been updated it a loooong time. I use it and have never really had any trouble accessing video content on, say, Comedy Central, which is why I was surprised to see all the excitement over Flip4Mac when it appeared. Then again, your mileage may vary on an Intel Mac; I'm not sure.