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QuickTime Conspiracy against Window Media Player

To watch the amazing Doom III preview, which is in WMV format, I lacked a suitable viewer on OS X. I upgraded to Quicktime 6.2, but that not-so-surprisingly didn't help. So I had to download Windows Media Player, which so far I wanted to avoid, and tried to install it.

It didn't work.

In the Console I could see that the installer tries to LaunchCFMApp but fails. I looked into the folder but LaunchCFMApp was there. Starting LaunchCFMApp manually gives a bus error. Is my LaunchCFMApp binary corrupt or is it something else, you be the judge:

bash-2.05a$ otool -L /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Support/LaunchCFMApp /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Support/LaunchCFMApp: /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Carbon (compatibility version 2.0.0, current version 122.0.0) /System/Library/Frameworks/QuickTime.framework/Versions/A/QuickTime (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 172.0.0) /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 63.0.0)

Coincidence ??? :) :) :)

In the end I found MPlayer which could play the WMV file. So my recommendation goes to MPlayer.

Windows Media Player running under Mac OS X, what a smart naming scheme ...