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Rosetta is the name of the invisible emulation layer in OS X for Intel that allows you to run PPC programs. PPC programs running on Intel Macs (through the invisible 'Rosetta' emulation layer) are much slower than Intel-native programs, and much slower than if they were run on comparable PPC hardware. In addition to poorer general performance, PPC apps running under Rosetta also use a lot more RAM and take 2-3 times as long to load.
There's probably more information in that PDF you found. It didn't show up for no reason at all.
Even Microsoft promotes Flip4Mac's WMV Player now. You can use it if you want, but as mentioned by others you might be better off with Flip4Mac. WMP for the Mac isn't going to be developed any further so unless you have to use it for a particular reason, there's no need for it. Flip4Mac uses QuickTime as the player and actually embeds much nicely on websites that use Windows Media Audio and Video than WMP for the Mac does. Also, since it's running through Rosetta (basically a PowerPC-code-to-Intel-code translator that is transparent to the user, allowing the Intel Mac user to run applications that are native to the PowerPC Mac), it's going to be slower than a native Intel Flip4Mac install and you might notice some slowdowns or other anomalies in playback (I'm speaking in theory since I've not tested the Intel version). And Urbansory, are you sure you downloaded the Intel native version on your Mac Pro and that you're not running the PowerPC native version (this would cause problems)?
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Actually, I have the same issue Urbansensory mentioned on my PPC Mac. WMV Player does take a while to load movies, I guess because it performs some kind of read-ahead to do.something. Popwire's WMV9 Component didn't have this problem; it displayed files immediately and showed the 'loading' time bar similar to what you get with progressive streams or large VBR mp3s. But it seems like Popwire is no more, and their page just points people to Flip4Mac.
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Were they bought? *shrug* But I still prefer Flip4Mac's WMV Player to WMP because it's much faster (even on my PPC Mac that runs WMP natively!), QuickTime Player has tons of cool features like variable-speed playback, and it integrated better with browsers. (I don't think WMP could possibly work with browsers on Intel Macs, since you can't mix PPC plugins with Intel applications.). Okay - enough already you have me converted - another sale - kerching!!! I think it was nixgeek's comment bout 'no further development' that did it for me. Guess I did not pick up on that point if it was mentioned before. Ccleaner alternative windows 7. I was merely picking up on the point that some were making that WMP does not run on Intel Mac - once again it runs fine on my machine and if anything loads faster that QT.