Any apps that will play wma wmv on iPad without conversion?

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    Any apps/plugins that will play wma wmv from iPad browser?

    Any apps or plugins that will play .wma audio and .wmv video on an iPad Safari (or other browser) without conversion?

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    Lots. Just search the app store.
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    I did a google search (but not an app store search) and all the posts I read said that no iPad does not play them and you have to convert.

    I then thought maybe there was a jailbroken app that did this, which is why I asked here.

    Searching the app store for "wmv", I found "yxplayer2 lite" and "video stream free" as the only two free apps. Installed them both but neither works for what I need...

    What I actually need is a an app that will play an a wma audio file attached to a Yahoo Mail email, so maybe what I need is actually some kind of plugin for Safari? Does Safari have any kind of plugin like that (nothing in the app store)?

    If not, can I run another browser on a jailbroken iPad that would have that kind of plugin?

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    Apple does not allow safari to download anything but pictures. If you jailbreak, download "safari download manager" from Cydia. That will download anything. Then you can select what app to open it with.
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    Ok thats what I wanted to know! I figured there would be some kind of jailbroken thingy available!

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    I have had great success with OPlayer HD, which you can get free (a Lite version) at the App Store. I use it all the time to open up those e-mailed videos people send. The Lite version has ads, but if it works...

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    OPlayer works. The lite version is free. To open a file from email just tap and hold on the file (after if finished downloading) and choose Open In. OPlayer will/should be in the list, if it's not the fist option before the list.
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    Ok, thanks to both of you for heads up on OPlayer!

    I installed it on my iPad 1 16GB wifi, but when I open up an email on Yahoo Mail from Safari, and then tap and hold the attachment, I do not get any thing to popup and ask what I want to open it with... once I release it, it will then just open a new browser window with the black screen of death (a play button with a line thru it)!

    Any thoughts or ideas?

    EDIT: Would I need to jailbreak and install the Safari Download Manager for this to work?
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    Oh, wait! It may not work if you are using web-based e-mail. My bad, I thought you were dealing with the iPad's Mail app. Can you get that e-mail you want to view to your Mail app?

    You may not have to jailbreak to do downloads. Try getting Atomic or iCabMobile web browsers. They have download capability. Then, after you've downloaded the file, you should then be able to use "Open In" and select OPlayer HD.

    Worth a shot...

    Marilyn
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    Ah, well I figured you were using the Mail app. I'll play with the web client and see if I can make it work.

    Though it would be easier if you just set up you Yahoo mail account on the iPad. Any reason you're not doing it this way?
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    I have free Yahoo Mail account, and unless it has changed since I signed up for it (about 8 years ago), the free accounts don't let you use a mail client (if that's the right word).

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    It is sometimes possible to do an Open In when previewing files in Safari, but it doesn't look like this will work for music attachments.

    If you have to use a browser, the best bet is to get one that supports download. I use Atomic for this, though there are several other options.

    To visit the mobile email site in Atomic you need to make sure you are set to the default browser identification under it's settings. This is the cog icon to the left of the URL bar. Then navigate to get to your Yahoo mail as usual. (If you are going to do this a lot, then I recommend you save the bookmark after signing in). When you see the attachment you can tap and hold on it to get a list of options. Choose Download. You can change the name of the song here. That may be necessary. In my trial it ended up named as 'download'. Don't forget the extension.

    Now tap on the icon to the right of the search field, a down arrow going into a tray.

    When the song finishes downloading, tap on the blue arrow to the right of the song, and choose open in external app. If this does not work, make sure the file name has the right file extension. If it does not choose Change Name or location, change the name and extention then try again.

    You should get a list of compatible apps, including OPlayer.

    And now you know why I suggest you use the Mail app, if you have that choice. ;)
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    I just tried Atomic Web Browser Lite, and it does not work with Yahoo Mail. Also I do not see a setting for "default web browser" so I assume that is in the paid version. I think the download manager is in the paid version as well, but if it does not work with yahoo mail in the first place, then there is no point in me buying it!

    Anybody using Atomic (paid) with Yahoo Mail?
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    I did the entire procedure in Atomic and the mobile Yahoo Mail site before I posted it. In fact I did it while writing the post just to make sure it was possible. I don't like the method, it's clumbsy and easy to make mistakes that lead to frustration. But it does work.

    However, it does appear that the features needed are only in the full version, as listed in the App Store description. It's been so long since I used the lite version that I'd forgotten the differences.

    If you already have GoodReader you may be able to do the same thing by using it's built-in browser. It might even be easier.
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    Actually the default Yahoo Mail account set up on the iPad works just fine with free accounts. Mine is free.

    Go into Settings >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Choose Add Account. Select the Yahoo account option and enter your Yahoo ID (email address) and password. Should work like a charm.
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    Have you tried Puffin browser available in the app store? It runs everything remotely and sends it to you ready rendered rather than trying to open it in your browser. Allows you to view Flash on the iPad and I suspect WMA etc too.
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    @twerppoet - I will try Mail with my Yahoo account and see what happens. I will also buy Atomic browser, since the tabs feature alone is worth 99 cents to me. Thanks for the help. I will post back later when my wife brings the ipad back home and I try everything out!

    @tonyr - Have not tried puffin but I will... interesting concept!
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    Yes, Mail app does work with my free Yahoo Mail account. I did some more checking and apparently POP access for free Yahoo Mail accounts is now available!

    And also, using the mail app, I can just click on the attached audio file and it will play right away (or tap and hold and use app like Oplayer).

    Atomic Web Browser does have a download manager, but you cannot directly open it from within the browser! But since the Mail app works, it does not matter anyways! But I really like the tabs feature in Atomic anyway, so that will definitely be my default browser!

    Oh, and Yahoo Mail works fine from the Atomic (paid) without changing any settings, so the Lite version must have something missing (or set differently) than the paid version which causes a problem for Yahoo Mail.

    Thanks for everybodys help!
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    They do. I used to have a yahoo account with my phone and iPad.
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    No problem. Glad you got it all sorted out. :)

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