Windows Media Player 10 Mobile released, sort of

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)

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