0 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2009 12:37 PM by a brody
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Windows Media files do not play with Mac OS X's built-in software.

With additional plugins or software, one has the option of playing non-DRM based Windows Media video and audio files within Mac OS X.

On Intel Macs there's the option of running Windows or WINE based virtualization titles to play Windows Media files.

Here are the solutions:

together with http://www.stuffit.com/ 's Stuffit Expander (which expands Microsoft's old .sit and .hqx archives).

Or one of these virtualization solutions*:


which lets you install Windows or WINE based software on your Intel Mac for use with Windows DRM files you have license to play.

PowerPC Mac based emulation of video and audio is very poor.

- * Links to my pages may give me compensation.

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