Media Player from Microsoft tries to mimic Apple iTunes but works only with Windows XP and not with

“Microsoft has released its latest weapon in the online music wars, a preview of its new Windows Media Player,” The Mercury News reports. “Not surprising, the beta, or test, version of the forthcoming Windows Media Player 10 mimics many of features found in Apple’s popular iTunes software.”

“Like iTunes, Microsoft’s new media player will allow music lovers to connect directly to online music stores. Purchased songs will download directly to the player. Plug a MP3 player into your computer and the Windows Music Player will automatically update your music library,” The Mercury News reports. “The new Windows Media Player goes one step further than iTunes by letting you seamlessly synchronize video and photo files as well as music. But the player only works on the Windows XP operating system. Windows Media Player 10 is compatible with more than 60 portable players. But not, of course, with the iPod.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft copying Apple? So, what else is new? iTunes works on both Windows (more versions of Windows than even Microsoft’s beta Media Player) and the Mac platforms, plus iTunes works with the market-dominating iPod and iPod mini. Microsoft idea of offering choice seems to mean “as long as the choices spring from Microsoft.”

36 Comments

  1. M$ is slowly setting chips into place to dominate the online music market, Apple may have been the first, but unfortunatly it won’t be the last.

    But we have seen this behavoir before, Apple innovates, Microsoft dominates.

    The only solution to allow fair competition and innovation in the marketplace is by breaking up Microsoft.

    Of course the Justic Department won’t have any of it because with M$ and Apple, two american companies control the entire pie. With Europe getting bigger and threatening economically, governments are getting downright protective.

    If things were broken up *gasp* other countries may provide a alternative OS and the NSA would lose such a great source of intelligence.

    Not to mention losing control of the internet.

    So Steve Jobs calls up Billy Gates and says:

    “I know you can’t ignore the online music market, but can you give us a couple of years while we sell some iPods and Macs? After all you really don’t want to be seen as a monopoly and we need to increase our market share to reflect that”

    As the computer world turns, we get spun around on our asses.

  2. M$ is slowly setting chips into place to dominate the online music market, Apple may have been the first, but unfortunatly it won’t be the last.

    Well hopefully with Microsoft pushing forth into the online music biz will trigger Apple to finally release a Microsoft Works/Office killer via AppleWorks 7 or iOffice (a possible assumed name).

    I’m tired of waiting for a major AppleWorks update!

  3. FnkgM$scks,

    Interesting assortment of doomsday scenarios and conspiracy theories, but do you have any actual reasons for why you think these things? Where does Linux fit into your description of events?

  4. Well if Apple has added video support right into iTMS with movie previews and music videos, could it be an added surprise that Steve might have a movie store in his turtleneck? With bandwidth expanding and Hollywood keen on stopping the sharing of movies on p2p. He may have secretly been negotiating with Hollywood execs about the store while at the same time taking his time with finding a new distribution house for Pixar.

  5. MS isn’t going to have as easy a time with this as everyone thinks. Keep in mind that the iPod is the most popular DMP there is. And, when HP starts selling their version this summer that number will go much higher. Both of these will only work with iTMS. On top of that, iTMS has probably sold near 100 million songs in the U.S. by now, and it sounds like a European store will be open next week. I’m willing to bet that once people start using a music service they will stick with it so they don’t have to use two different programs for their music. All of these things combined mean one thing: repeat customers, both for the music service and the iPod. It’s going to be very difficult for anyone to compete with Apple in this arena.

  6. Here is an important market share point: iPods are like 40% of disk-based music players out there. Even a lower percent if you include the cheap, flash memory based products. But once again, the ballot is stuffed by devices that don’t have people using them. I bought two cheapo mp3 players as presents because they also act as flash drives. The people I gave them to don’t use them anymore, but I’m sure they are still a statistic when people look at devices.

    Just factor in that iTunes does about 70% of the legal music download business. The real market power is how much use a device is getting. So I would say that a lot of people getting the “almost as good” knockoffs, are getting nice presents from the cost conscious, and then kind of leaving them in a drawer because they aren’t getting a “music experience”.

    Microsoft will have to go a way to get the “experience” right. But right now, they are in a DRM mentality and probably won’t get it right, no matter what the technical merits. Most of the video that will get on the Windows Media player jack of all trade devices will probably be p0rn. But hey, that’s what drives the internet, right?

  7. RE: WMP SCREENSHOT:

    It looks crap!

    Typical M$ over-complication of interface!

    I was hoping that they totally copied the Itunes interface then Apple could sue their assess again!

  8. I think of Microsoft products every time my dog takes a crap. Sure, thousands of flies might swarm it, but for those of us that have evolved, I don’t want anything to do with it. Let the flies (PC Users) have their picnic. Ol’ dog-face Bill will just crap out more things for you to swarm on! I’m getting a beer.

  9. You just got to love Microsoft. Here’s the warning from their technical beta:
    “This is a technical beta release. Before you decide whether to install this software, it is important to understand that the technical beta release does not have the stability of released Microsoft software. You might encounter problems with this release of the software that could possibly result in a loss or destruction of data.”

  10. FAO HUSSEY:

    You just got to love Microsoft. Here’s the warning from their technical beta:
    “This is a technical beta release. Before you decide whether to install this software, it is important to understand that the technical beta release does not have the stability of released Microsoft software. You might encounter problems with this release of the software that could possibly result in a loss or destruction of data.”

    Dosn’t this warning come on all Microsoft software even ‘finished’ versions??

    LOL!

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