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I am wondering whether wmv is compatible for Apple related devices, like MacBook, MacAir, iPad or iPhone? Compatible I mean whether end user could play wmv file using MacBook, MacAir, iPad or iPhone? If not, any changes I need to make (if there is any free software which could enable wmv playback on such devices without development efforts, it will be great)? Appreciate if any related technical documents could be provided for developer perspective (i.e. how to support wmv on such Apple devices, like some SDK or something).

thanks in advance, George

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check this out :

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-media-player/wmcomponents

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Thanks alevenso! I am wondering whether FlipForMac provides any API for development? What I want to do is to develop a simple wmv player on iPhone or iPad, not sure whether FlipForMac provides any development API that I can use. –  George2 Nov 21 '10 at 11:10
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Apple's products do never support WMV on their own, e.g. no iTunes support, no iPhone support either, and so on. VLC does play WMV files, so do Microsoft's own FlipForMac components.

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Thanks slhck! I am wondering whether FlipForMac provides any API for development? What I want to do is to develop a simple wmv player on iPhone or iPad, not sure whether FlipForMac provides any development API that I can use. –  George2 Nov 21 '10 at 11:09
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If I judge Microsoft right, they will never allow that. VLC though plays WMA/WMV files, so there's gotta be some source code to decode that.. –  slhck Nov 21 '10 at 16:40
    
Thanks. What I want to do it to develop some player to play wmv file, probably based on what Microsoft is doing for FlipForMac, any ideas about how to implement? –  George2 Nov 22 '10 at 3:28
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Well, no, apart from looking at other solutions like VLC, you have to check with Microsoft. You can't probably just implement a player for their proprietary formats. –  slhck Nov 22 '10 at 12:39
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Phew, I have to admit that I really don't know. The problem is that you need to write in Objective C, and VLC is some other language. –  slhck Nov 22 '10 at 16:18
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