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Microsoft Announces Windows Media Player for Mac OS X"Carbonized" Player Sports New Aqua Interface for Digital Audio and Video (July 19, 2001)
The new media player is being developed to meet demand for Windows Media content on the Mac OS X platform with an easy-to-use player for both audio and video. It will support Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the latest Windows Media audio and video technology. This will enable users of Mac to enjoy audio and video content with Windows Media and ensure that content providers can encode their content once to reach the broadest possible audience.
Because Windows Media Player for Mac OS X is being built on Apple's new Carbon APIs, it will run natively in the OS X environment and will take advantage of Mac OS X features like multiprocessing and the Aqua interface, which provides a look consistent with other new Mac applications. The player will come with two additional skins, including a miniplayer skin for simple audio playback.
Windows Media Player for Mac OS X will support playback of streamed or downloaded files using the latest Windows Media Audio and Video 8 codecs, which provide the highest possible video quality at all bandwidths, CD-quality audio at 64 Kbps and near-CD-quality sound at 48 Kbps. Because Windows Media Audio is twice as efficient as MP3, music fans enjoy shorter download times and can store twice as much music on their hard drives using Windows Media Audio as they can using MP3.
Built-in support for digital rights management means Mac users will be able to download music and movies protected with Windows Media DRM for purchase or promotion. Content from thousands of providers is featured at WindowsMedia.com.
Windows Media Player for Mac OS X will run on most popular Macintosh models, including the Apple iMac, Cube and G4 as well as the iBook and PowerBook laptops.
More information about Windows Media can be found at microsoft.com/windowsmedia.
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