Recently, as has been posted at multiple websites, Microsoft has decided to discontinue the updates for their version of Media Player for the Macintosh. Now, it’s not that big of a deal to me, it’s always sucked in my opinion, the quality is lacking, and the .WMV codec is horrible with regards to the DRM it contains to say the least.
For all its faults, the .WMV format does have one thing going for it, it’s small, and content providers can lock it down tighter than Ft. Knox. That’s where Microsoft made their first mistake. They decided to license Flip4Mac’s .WMV for QuickTime plugin so that now anyone can download it, completely overlooking one of the standard things you’ve always been able to do with QuickTime – save files.
As it currently stands, I’ve been able to stream off of Adult Swim’s Friday Night Fix the entire new episode of The Boondocks (and am in the process of getting a couple of other shows), and save it to my desktop, commercial free and in amazing quality (original .asx format, as well as the .mov format); while using nothing more than the current version of QuickTime (7.0.4) and the recent 2.0.1 version of Flip4Mac.
I have yet to try it with anything else, as the regular collection of news clips and stuff like that doesn’t really interest me at the moment, but there’s a lot of potential mischief here. And we all have Microsoft to thank for that. Thank you Microsoft.
Update: it worked flawlessly, and I now have the newest episode of The Boondocks commercial free.