Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Soapbox: WMP10 for some devices, but not all?

One of the most used applications on my Toshiba e805 is the mobile version of Windows Media Player 9. Today, Microsoft announced the next version of WMP, version 10. The new version contains some great features such as a better way to maintain your music library, more music formats for better compatibility with audio files, viewable album art and playlist synchronization. Sounds great, right? Not from where I'm standing. Microsoft has only released the software for new devices; specifically one handheld and one SmartPhone. There is a small blurb on their site indicating that the HP rx 3700's and Axim X30 handhelds will have an upgrade available soon.
Why create or enhance software for just a few select devices? There is a large user base for other devices and this is really a slap in the face for the "early adapter" crowd like myself. It's reasons like this that movements like open source survive in spite of Microsoft.

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At 10/12/2004 9:49 PM, Blogger James Kendrick said...

I suspect it is only being released via a ROM update which really sucks. The only reason they would do that I can think of is to make the DRM stuff harder to hack.

At 10/12/2004 10:06 PM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...

I'll be curious to see how this upgrade is released to the Dell and HP community. It's also no coincidence to me that Microsoft is releasing an upgrade to the top two market leaders in the handheld space.


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