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#1 4dude

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 12:32 AM

I have a question about WMP

Why is WMP8 hidden so much??

I mean you can find ANY COPY OF WMP TO DL IF YOU WANT,EXCEPT 8!!

Whats so special about WMP8 that M$ doesnt want ppl having it??

I have heard wmp8 doesnt have DRM support but neither does 7.1,6,5,4,3,2,1 and those are all over the net!!

And who cares if DRM support is not there,THOSE FILES WONT PLAY WITHOUT IT SO WHAT DO THEY CARE??

Does anyone here have wmp8 or know whats so secret about it???

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:06 AM

From Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows:

"The original version of XP, also shipped with Media Player for Windows XP (MPXP, nee Windows Media Player 8), a capable all-in-one media player that integrated with the underlying system to provide music and video playback and organization. MPXP wasn't a bad product, but its replacement, Windows Media Player 9 Series, was far more impressive, despite a clutter user interface with numerous, inexplicably similar and unlabeled buttons. WMP 9 was accompanied by a revolutionary set of audio and video codecs--Windows Media Audio (WMA) 9 and Windows Media Video (WMV) 9--which, to this day, set the standard for compression, quality, and file size."

It just got better (depending on your opinion). There seems to be no reason to offer downloads of, or support for WMP8, when the successor is so superior.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:19 AM

Well why offer the other WMP versions??

Seems quite strange........ Thanx for looking that up :)

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:18 AM

You might want the older versions for older Operating Systems; some people still use Win95, Win98, etc. and it may be a problem to install, say, WMP9, on Windows 98; it can be done, but it may be easier to install an earlier version.

Also, different versions can cause conflicts in other programs; e.g. Roxio EMC7.5 works OK with WMP10, Roxio EMC9 Suite doesn't.

It is interesting to note that MS offers a couple of security updates for WMP8, but not the player itself. Duh.

You should find it on an original XP disk, (before 2003) and I expect you could find it on those weird sites that we don't discuss.

I'll have to check my Father's disks from his acquisition of XP in 2001; if it's such a rarity, perhaps it's worth something. :lol:

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:32 AM

WMP9 works fine on Win98se (Thats what im on (I love 98se))

Yes i think it is worth something,THEY REALLY ARE TRYING TO STOP PPL FROM GETTING IT!




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