"You need Windows Media Player"

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Do I really? I mean, why can't all plugins be put into iTunes or Quicktime so that I don't have to download Real, WMP, and others just to get stuff that I want. Sirius satellite radio has a way I can listen to the radio on my computer, but guess what; I need WMP. Please tell me there's a better way around all of this!

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    I can't solve your problem, but let your content providers know. especially if it's something you're paying for.
  • Reply 2 of 12
    If it helps any, the specific problem that Safari says to me is that I need a plugin specified as "MIME type ?application/x-mplayer2" which is on Windows Media Player. I looked in the plugins of the Quicktime preferences to see what they had, and they had MIME but nothing I saw about the x-mplayer2.



    Maybe I'm just screwed. Go figure.
  • Reply 3 of 12
    I get this same thing, but after downloading content. Tells me I need a new version- and there is NOTHING newer. If anyone knows...we'd be grateful for the help!
  • Reply 4 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally posted by iShawn

    Do I really? I mean, why can't all plugins be put into iTunes or Quicktime so that I don't have to download Real, WMP, and others just to get stuff that I want. Sirius satellite radio has a way I can listen to the radio on my computer, but guess what; I need WMP. Please tell me there's a better way around all of this!



    The three are all proprietary competing formats from companies that want their format to win. None of them has any interest in giving in to their competitors... and thus there is no chance that it is going to happen any time soon.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Karl Kuehn

    The three are all proprietary competing formats from companies that want their format to win. None of them has any interest in giving in to their competitors... and thus there is no chance that it is going to happen any time soon.



    QuickTime MPEG-4 is *not* proprietary.
  • Reply 6 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Chucker

    QuickTime MPEG-4 is *not* proprietary.



    a) it is MPEG 4, you do not need the word Quicktime... that is the name of the implementation, and the implementation is proprietary, owned (presumably) by Apple. The standard is owned by the MPEG (last letter is for group)... and we could have an interesting conversation about whether that makes it proprietary... it all hinges on the definition of that word.



    b) MPEG 4 is only one of the many codecs that all three of the big three of audio/video have under their belts... and happens to be a common one. How is this relevant to the conversation? Do you see Sorenson in WMP? Real in QuickTime? WM9 DRM in Real/Helix?
  • Reply 7 of 12
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,221member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Karl Kuehn

    a) it is MPEG 4, you do not need the word Quicktime... that is the name of the implementation, and the implementation is proprietary, owned (presumably) by Apple. The standard is owned by the MPEG (last letter is for group)... and we could have an interesting conversation about whether that makes it proprietary... it all hinges on the definition of that word.



    b) MPEG 4 is only one of the many codecs that all three of the big three of audio/video have under their belts... and happens to be a common one. How is this relevant to the conversation? Do you see Sorenson in WMP? Real in QuickTime? WM9 DRM in Real/Helix?




    MPEG 4 is not a codec. MPEG 4 is a media format standard. Several developers support MPEG 4 with their codecs. On the Mac and Windows, for example, MPEG 4 codecs are available from Apple and from 3ivx.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    ishawnishawn Posts: 364member
    Ok.... well thanks.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally posted by iShawn

    If it helps any, the specific problem that Safari says to me is that I need a plugin specified as "MIME type ?application/x-mplayer2" ...



    Might this be what Safari is really looking for?
  • Reply 10 of 12
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,221member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Thorzdad

    Might this be what Safari is really looking for?



    No, it is not.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    xmogerxmoger Posts: 242member
    On the PC there are Real and Quicktime media plugins. So you can play all the formats in 1 player (at fullscreen). There may be ports for the mac. Google "windows media alternative" or "real alternative".
  • Reply 12 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally posted by xmoger

    On the PC there are Real and Quicktime media plugins. So you can play all the formats in 1 player (at fullscreen). There may be ports for the mac. Google "windows media alternative" or "real alternative".



    I LOVE those programs. Man, why can't we have something like that?
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