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Microsoft Announces Windows Media Player for Mac OS X

(July 19, 2001)
Microsoft Corp. announced Microsoft Windows Media Player for Mac OS X and demonstrated a prerelease version of the player at the Macworld Conference & Expo in New York. The new player is being designed and "Carbonized" for OS X and will feature the new Aqua interface. Windows Media Player for Mac OS X will be available as a free download this fall.

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.

Windows Media Player for Mac OS X 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 users of Mac will be able to download music and movies protected with Windows Media DRM for purchase or promotion.

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.

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