11 , 2000
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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