Anonymous (not verified) - August 02nd, 2001
Reprinted from a Microsoft press release:
NEW YORK - July 19, 2001 - Microsoft Corp. today 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, providing users of Mac with the best Windows Media experience on the new OS X operating system.
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 industry-leading Windows Media audio and video technology. This will enable users of Mac to enjoy audio and video content with Windows Media and ensure that content providers can encode their content once to reach the broadest possible audience.
Because Windows Media Player for Mac OS X is being built on Apple's new Carbon APIs, it 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.