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NEWS OCTOBER 11 , 2000
Microsoft Debuts Media Player 7 Beta for Mac
New version brings Media Player 7 codecs, rights management to Mac

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Just one day after the release of Apple's QuickTime 5 preview release, Microsoft has unveiled the beta version of Windows Media Player 7 for Mac. According to Microsoft, the new player offers Mac users improved functionality, Windows Media 7 audio and video playback and MP3 playback.

The new player, announced today at Streaming Media Europe in London, will be available for download next Friday, Oct. 20, at http://windowsmedia.com.

The Windows Media Player 7 for Mac beta supports digital rights management and the latest Windows Media codecs, released in July. The player has a new interface for audio and video, as well as support for version 7 Windows Media codecs. (Microsoft says the new codecs provide "near-DVD-quality video at 700 Kbps, near-VHS-quality video at 300 Kbps and CD-quality sound at half the file size of MP3.")

The Windows Media Player 7 for Mac beta handles streamed or downloaded files, local playback and playback from the Internet.

For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia.

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