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Introducing Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X. Sporting a new brushed steel skin for Apple's newest operating system, this new version of our player opens the world of Windows Media 9 content to Mac users, enabling them to access the best audio and video on the Web. New plug-in support added for Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Safari enables playback of Windows Media files right from the browser.
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PPC, Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later






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Craigsee commented on 04 Jan 2011
It seems Microsoft WMP9 is gone. Link eventually takes you to Flip4Mac. Unfortunately there are still cases where WMP9 is useful such as when one encounters WM Voice Codec.
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Ilgaz commented on 02 Oct 2009
***STAY AWAY***

They still keep this available for a simple reason: To keep Apple OS X installed Macs UNSTABLE if owners are tricked to install it.

This is a Carbon monster which can't even work fine on PowerPC Macs, I can't begin to imagine what would it do to Intel Macs especially after Leopard/ Snow Leopard release.
Do not install, it won't play any modern wmv file and wmv streaming is in fact depreciated even on MS puppet sites. Install flip4mac quicktime components but be careful, they slip silverlight to it.

Also you need to hunt its plugin files in /Library/Internet Plugins and move them to trash, just dragging application to trash won't fix a thing. Every single legitimate plugin in /Internet Plugins will be loaded by every browser which runs on your OS X. It may even force Safari&Others to "Rosetta" mode which you end up running a emulated browser right on your mac.

Oh BTW, this is the real face of Microsoft for you.
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jdoe506 reviewed on 04 Oct 2007
Oh, man, this is terrible. It won't even launch half of the time on my Mac, and it doesn't even have Intel support!

Flip4Mac is the way to go!
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boutit4SF commented on 20 Sep 2007
Does anyone know how to view CNBC videos on a powerbook? I downloaded Flip4Mac (again). I already have the required version of WMP. Neither seem to activate/work when I click on a video on CNBC.

davidminehart@yahoo.com
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hankoboy commented on 08 Sep 2006
I hate WMP. It just dosent work at all. It buffers all the time (I mean I have real player and works perfectly). WMP dosent work with safari. C'mon were in 20 century and bill gates and his cronies have stopped making WMP for mac. Whats with that. I always watch CBC news with their online video service, this week they have converted to Windows media player. It buffers, then when it does start to play, the picture freezes when the video is playing - you can hear it, but no picture. CBC - Why bother putting this service up when you know it dosent work. Its like building a house - the plans call for bricks to be used, but you decide wood. And wonder why it dosent work. I dont know. I dont download WMP files as I cant be bothered any more.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 08 Sep 2006
Use this, everyone else does.
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S p l a t ! reviewed on 27 May 2006
hehehe...
worse and worse in every "update"...
a typical MS application!
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MacEricG commented on 21 May 2006
Holy cow TNH -- Write a book!

But you're right, anyway...
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ThreeDee912 reviewed on 19 May 2006
WMP (or 'wimp') hasn't been updated in years, and is terrible anyway. It lacks a standard interface, and can't open over half of the windows media files out there. I'd use QuickTime any day.
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CraigSee commented on 14 Jan 2006
Microsoft has announced there will be no further development of WMP9 Mac as of 01/13/2006. I'm not quite sure what you'd call the period between 11/08/2003 and the above date though.

In any case there's Flip4Mac Player which is now free. you can get it at Microsoft's site or at Flip4Mac's site.
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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 14 Jan 2006
You can even find it here on MacUpdate.
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CraigSee replied on 15 Jan 2006
MacUpdate, the best one stop shopping for Mac updates on the net!
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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Nov 2005
After a two year hiatus, Microsoft's 'Windows Media Player [for Mac users]' is...well still on hiatus and threatening coma. It is rather unfortunate for 'AppleMacIntosh' (pronounced as one word), but fully understandable since WMP (pronounced wimp) has been in need of an organ transplant since it's birth.

WMP (remember this is theoretically a separate application from windows because making a product with a similar name for the mac proves that fact) could be eloquently described as a full featured rich media abstraction layer and user interface with complete platform independence...if it was Apple's QuickTime. It's not.

The WMP XPerience on a windows machine is extremely different than that on a Mac. This may be because the Application has not only been updated, but received an iron lung...namely a new version number 10, although I suspect Microsoft of misplacing a period somewhere in there.

If you want a hundred plugins and different ways to manage your media on a mac forget it. They aren't there for WMP, QuickTime 7.0.3 is mostly transparent and those jobs are taken by applications like iTunes. Want to author MS content, convert or manage some DRM? Not happening on a Mac.

Surely this could not have to do with the fairplay DRM crushing protected... uhm... guarded... uhm... music with harshly worded threats by microsoft attached.

WMP has become a political bone. On terminal life-support with no chance of recovery except in it's other life on the integrated windows platform. Any argument about the status as a political item and one of platform morals is only entertained by the extremely ignorant. Try it on the other side.

Even if MS COULD make a good version of WMP, there wouldn't be very many third party plug-ins in the Mac world because it is largely redundant.

In fact, the ONLY reason this application is needed is to play more recent windows media files. Most of this has to do with the file format being closed and proprietary.

Unfortunately, many websites use this player. Arguments about the 'quality' of the files seems to be based on authoring vis a QuickTime (we could go w/ h.264 aac mpeg-4) file is FAR superior to a WMP file, but takes longer to encode. Streaming of QuickTime files is also much handled much better and the software is free, even open-source. For example (since I didn't provide it a few sentences ago), scrubbing pausing and restarting many WMP files results in complete loss of sync and necessitates a restart of the stream or the file.

This exists because MS will not open up their format and also because of that VLC v QuickTime confusion about what should and shouldn't be a plugin thing.

You NEED to have this for a lot of your website experiences so install it and get used to it. If you have problems consider opening the site with something like Interarchy and downloading the File to your desktop as it will surely suck less than having to restream it.
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Fredducker had trouble on 16 Jun 2010
The link is dead
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MacUser25 had trouble on 22 Jul 2006
Has anyone had any trouble with WMP and their "Intel" mac. I have a Macbook (Intel) and my window media player plug in for Safari just won't work. The player opens for other stuff...but Safari, nope!
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Erik K Veland replied on 10 Aug 2006
Flip4Mac has replaced WMP. Yes, even on Intel.
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Michael Farr commented on 27 Sep 2007
Do a cmd-i "get info" on Safari.app. In the info window look for and check the "rosetta" check box. The problem is that the Flip4Mac plugin is not made for intel. Checking rosetta will make the powerpc version of the plugin run in emulation. It's actually an amazing piece of engineering by Apple. Took me forever to figure this one out.
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1•18•20 had trouble on 13 Nov 2003
I can't even get past 'searching the hard drive'... what a pieceofpoo
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Anonymous commented on 29 Nov 2003
Cannot even get POS installer to start...how bad is that? Just flashes and that is all!

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Date:08 Nov 2003
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Introducing Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X. Sporting a new brushed steel skin for Apple's newest operating system, this new version of our player opens the world of Windows Media 9 content to Mac users, enabling them to access the best audio and video on the Web. New plug-in support added for Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Safari enables playback of Windows Media files right from the browser.


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