The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Telestrem, Microsoft Weigh In on Windows Media for Mac

Telestrem, Microsoft Weigh In on Windows Media for Mac

by , 2:45 PM EST, January 13th, 2006

Microsoft's decision to discontinue Windows Media Player for Mac OS X should have no impact on Windows Media support for the platform.

The decision by the Windows Digital Media team to axe the player was purely business, spokesperson Jason Wellcome told The Mac Observer. "This should not have any bearing on Microsoft's commitment to the Mac platform," Mr. Wellcome said. The move happened to be announced on the same day as Microsof's Macintosh Business Unit renewed a five-year commitment to the Mac. The MacBU has never been involved with the development of Windows Media Player for Mac.

When Microsoft released Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X in November 2003, it did so in order to provide basic playback support for Windows Media files on the Mac, Mr. Wellcome said. Since then, superior solutions for doing so have emerged, including Telestream's Flip4Mac WMV QuickTime plug-in, which Microsoft endorsed Tuesday.

"[Telestream and Microsoft] have signed a distribution agreement," Janet Swift, Marketing and Communications Manager for Telestream, told The Mac Observer. "No money changed hands. The contract is ongoing and will be reviewed annually."

Ms. Swift also added that the Flip4Mac solution will continue to improve over time, and the company is working to address video quality issues that some users have reported with Flip4Mac and QuickTime 7.0.4.

Unlike QuickTime, which requires a version 7 player to use version 7 codecs such as h.264, the actual Windows Media Player application runs independently from the codecs. As such, Flip4Mac, actually offers support for more Windows Media formats than Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X ever did, including codecs that were only introduced alongside Windows Media Player 10 for Windows. The streaming of Windows Media content can also be handled by Flip4Mac.

The one exception is support for protected Windows Media files, which Flip4Mac does not support and will seemingly never support, at least for the foreseeable future. The Windows Media DRM scheme, Mr. Wellcome said, is partially tied to the Windows operating system as well.

Recent Headlines - Updated November 24th

Mon,11:24 AM
FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality Rules: We’re Going to get Sued
9:30 AM
Sponsor: MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway
9:12 AM
Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World AIDS Day
Sat,10:30 AM
iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps
Fri,6:57 PM
Apple Makes ‘Things for iPad’ Free for a Week
6:47 PM
Judge Approves Apple iBooks $450 Million Antitrust Settlement
5:54 PM
100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell Batteries for $59.99 [Extended]
5:18 PM
Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are
4:45 PM
Why Every Estimate for Apple Watch Sales in 2015 is Completely Wrong
4:30 PM
‘Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender Released for iPhone and iPad
1:42 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-21
11:53 AM
Google Agrees to Settlement in Rockstar Patent Infringement Fight
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!