April 29, 2005 5:19PM
edited January 2014
I am new to Apple's and I was wondering if there are any good media players besides iTunes that let me play wma,wmv, and real files?
Reply 1 of 5
April 29, 2005 5:31PM
WMA/WMV are Windows Media Player only.
Real is RealPlayer only.
(Proprietary codecs and formats suck, don't they?)
However... both of those applications are available for the Mac, and there are a couple of good *free* apps for playing them without resorting to installing WMP or RealPlayer: VLC and MPlayer.
Personally, I prefer VLC. WMP and Real Player both have serious issues in comparison.
Reply 2 of 5
April 29, 2005 11:49PM
You can now play wmv via Quicktime with
flip4mac's new software
and it seems to play better for most vids.
Reply 3 of 5
April 30, 2005 10:03PM
I've found that VLC plays windows media files better than Windows Media Player for Mac. WiMP for Mac is a giant turd that should be kept away from your system unless your life depends on it.
Lots of folks swear by mPlayer, so give that a try too.
My personal advice - if at all possible - is to destroy these windows media files you have. Use Secure Empty Trash so they vanish without a trace.
Reply 4 of 5
May 1, 2005 7:34AM
At least on the XP version of iTunes, you can convert non-secure .wma files to .m4a.
Reply 5 of 5
May 2, 2005 11:49AM
Thanks for all the help, I got VLC player i seem to find that it works fairly well, but one problem I made before installing VLC player is that I installed Windows Media Player. Now everytime I try to delete it it syays I can not because it says the item htm is in use. Does anyone know what this means and how to delete WMP....thanks