Windows Media Player 10 Mobile released, sort of

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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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Avtar

hey i was woundering is there any windows media player10 for htc harrier i really need can u plz tell me were i can download it from cuz microsoft is not much help.

Ashley Holdsworth

Sorry, I meant:

Excuse me, Kirktonic. YOU ARE A COMPLETE DOFUS. Nokia released the 6630 as their 1st Smartphone. Just goto http://www.nokia.co.uk/A4221152 and it says Nokia 6630 Imaging SMARTPHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. the !’s are not on the website, I added them

(I put the wrong name at first)

Ashley Holdsworth

Excuse me, Fezen Iqbal. YOU ARE A COMPLETE DOFUS. Nokia released the 6630 as their 1st Smartphone. Just goto http://www.nokia.co.uk/A4221152 and it says Nokia 6630 Imaging SMARTPHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. the !’s are not on the website, I added them

rehan

i want to know that is there any software which is easily downlaoaded in w800i.

Phil

Do you guys know why I cant sync my windows PPC phone (SPV M5000) which has windows media 10 installed? My PC (with windows media 10) will not recognise my device…& I know I have it connected right with active sync 4.2

nima

i have sonyericson w800i and i need to downlod window media player 10 for it can u help me where can i find it

Callum Greally

Is there a way to reinstall windows media on Pocket PC?

hajisafri

I need to download windows media player 10 Mobile for my pocket pc..Please provide me it..I will bhi very thank full to you.

Kirktonic

Farhan, Nokia 6630 is not a Smart Phone. I have the same phone in addition to my O2 XDA IIs. Nokia 6630 will never be able to install Windows Media Player. Like what Kay mentioned, Nokia 6630 does not support Windows OS, but rather using Symbian Series. This only means that you won’t be able to install it, no matter how hard you look for. No matter how dying you are to have it. Your only option is to buy a Smartphone that supports Windows OS.

Fezan Iqbal

I need to download windows media player 10 Mobile for my pocket pc..Please provide me it..I will bhi very thank full to you.

tajinder pal singh

i want to know whether it is possible to install window media player on 6630

CRAIG

IS THERE ANY SOFTWARE THAT I CAN DOWNLOAD FRO MY NOKIA 6630 SO THAT I CAN PLAY MPEG’S AND AVI’S ETC? aNY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS

iuvenes

i have a mda III(qteck9090) and one time he was updating wmp9 to wmp10 then it stops and say something wrong with the settings? After this no update is posible anymore ? Do anybody know what to do?

Yemzs

Where Can i download windows media player 10 for O2 XDA II? Anybody knows?

Lance E Reynolds

Microsoft is really treading on thin ice these days. Everytime they pull a stunt like not letting their clients upgrade, empowers new and upcoming technology companies. I pray for a new operating system to put microsoft to bed. (google possibly?) I can only hope.

jk

You cannot download Windows Media Player 10 for the Windows Mobile platform. It is only available via an OEM ROM update, which is not very cool. :(

Stane

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

Stane

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

jordan

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

Paul

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

jk

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.

Kay

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.

FARHAN

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

Bruce

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.

jk

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.

Frank McPherson

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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