Today Microsoft announced Windows Media Player for Mac OS X and offered a first-ever sneak peak at the product during Macworld New York. The player is fully Carbonized and takes advantage of the new Aqua user interface.
Mac users are QuickTime fans so why should they be interested in a Mac OS X version of Windows Media Player? The folks at Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit said it’s because “it opens up a new realm of content for your Mac” as “thousands of hours of music and video” are online for use with the Windows Media Player.
The player, which will be Mac OS X only, will support Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the Windows Media audio and video technology. Windows Media Player for Mac OS X will be available as a free download this fall.
“Windows Media Player for Mac OS X brings together the excitement of the new Aqua interface with the high quality of Windows Media,” said Dave Fester, general manager of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. “This new player demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to providing the highest-quality digital media playback for users of Mac.”
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 64Kbps and near-CD-quality sound at 48Kbps, he added.
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, according to Fester. Content from providers is featured at