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# 14189 20-Jun-2007 16:19
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I've just paid and downloaded a music file wmd which wont open on media player 10 can any one help?

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  # 75346 20-Jun-2007 16:24
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Try updating to media player 11.

Also what is the exact error you are getting?

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  # 75348 20-Jun-2007 16:32
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"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file."

I have tried in the past to upgrade to MP 11, which then I have to upgrade Windows, which then has created a major problem.


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  # 75368 20-Jun-2007 17:51
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Did you try opening it in another player? eg: Quicktime?
Depending on who the vendor of the file is, you might possibly need their proprietary player to play it, eg: iTunes = iPod.

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  # 75372 20-Jun-2007 18:05
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There is a great little program called g-spot that can tell you if you have the correct codec's installed to play video/audio files.

Download it and see if it cna play the file.

Otherwise you can download and use Media Player Classic, that will play almost anything.

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# 75400 20-Jun-2007 20:35
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According to Microsoft:

Microsoft® Windows Media™ Download packages combine borders, playlist information, and multimedia content in a single downloadable file (which has a .wmd file name extension). For example, users can download a customized WMD package from a Web site. The WMD package could include an entire album of music videos that also display advertising in the form of graphical branding and hyperlinks to an online music retailer site. After you have created the WMD package and uploaded it to a Web site, all the user has to do is click a link to it. The package is then downloaded to the user's computer, the files inside the package are extracted automatically, playlists are added to the playlists drop-down box, the content is added to the Media Library, a border appears in the Now Playing pane of the full mode Windows Media Player, and the initial item on the playlist begins playing.

So it seems you don't "play" the WMD, but rather unpack it. And it should play with any Windows Media Player.

Is this WMD complete? Are you sure it's not corrupted? And have you tried contacting the source where you downloaded this file from to check that it is actually working, or for instructions on how to unpack it?

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  # 75436 20-Jun-2007 22:33
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what's the file extension? if it looks playable you need some codecs.

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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