“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.”
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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.”