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The introduction of Windows Media Player 10 a few weeks ago brought some nice improvements to the operation of this desktop player. It cleaned up the interface a bit too. The main addition to WMP 10 for the desktop was the ability to work with the […]

Wmp10mobile14_smThe introduction of Windows Media Player 10 a few weeks ago brought some nice improvements to the operation of this desktop player. It cleaned up the interface a bit too. The main addition to WMP 10 for the desktop was the ability to work with the MSN Music Store and handle their DRM. I’m no fan of DRM but I figured at least I could play MSN Music Store songs on my Pocket PC. It turns out you can’t, for that you had to wait for Microsoft to release WMP 10 Mobile for the Pocket PC.That happened today, well, sort of. Seems that Microsoft is only releasing it on new Pocket PC models just shipping now. At release the only two devices that have WMP 10 Mobile on them now are the Audiovox SMT5600 Smartphone just announced today and the Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC which just went on sale today. That’s it. The Microsoft web site says that the HP iPAQ rx 3000 series and the Dell Axim X30 will be upgradeable to the new media player “soon”. No mention of the new HP hx4700 that has only been out for a couple of weeks. Of course, Toshiba e800 owners like myself are probably hung out to dry. What’s not clear is why? This is just a piece of software- it does not make sense on the surface why an OEM update is necessary. It sounds to me like a plan to get as many people to upgrade their hardware as possible. Or maybe Microsoft wants to boost sales of the Portable Media Centers for Christmas. This is a strategy that could backfire at a time when Microsoft is trying to get their Music Store up and running to compete with the Apple iTunes Music Store. Whatever the reason this decision to not make the WMP 10 Mobile available to everyone running at least Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition may be the straw that broke the camel’s back. At least for THIS user.(Pocket PC Tools)

  1. Two thoughts.

    First, Microsoft always funnels ROM upgrades through the OEMs because the ROM upgrades require a certain level of hardware integration and testing.

    Second, my guess is that the new DRM support requires more storage space and they don’t want to chew up RAM. That DRM may also require more program memory to execute well, which would be another reason not to use up RAM for storage.

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  2. Frank, those are good points but I think they are doing it via a ROM update to make the DRM code harder to hack. I could just be cynical though.

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  3. I agree with you James. Microsoft could care less about our RAM, and they have proven time and time again that they enjoy making the DRM as painful as possible. I know I am cynical, but it’s not without cause.

    I’m glad I finally got an iPod. Giving up WMP and MS Reader has been pretty easy.

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  4. Please i have the new nokia 6630 which is a smartphone and i don’t no where to download for windows media player 10 mobile i tried microsoft but they don’t have my phone in so please help me if you know any website i can download form.

    Thank You

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  5. FARHAN, your Nokia is indeed a Smartphone, but it is not running Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones, but rather a version of Symbian Series 60; this means that you wont be able to install Windows Media Player on it.

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  6. Windows Media Player 10 is never going to be downloadable for any device. It must be included in an OEM update and flashed into the device.

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  7. yeah im after a bit of help, i just bought a nokia 6630 handset and i cant get the 3g working, the only time the 3g icon appears is when i have no signal at all. Im also having problems with playing downloaded videos……none of them work, it either doesnt support the file type or opens as a word file (as a laod of gyberish) can anyone point me to a media player for my phone or tell me anything about the 3g????

    Cheers

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  8. why can’t they just put it out on the internet like wmp 9?

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  9. Where Can i download windows media player 10 for spv c500?

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  10. Where Can i download windows media player 10 for spv c500?

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