Installs, even though it claims to fail at the end. It includes wmvcore.dll, which is the Windows Media API needed by many programs, and that seems to work reasonably well. Programs can play and create Windows Media files, although output audio seems to have problems.
What does not
The player app freaks out when launched, making it unusable unless you have other software that uses the Windows Media API. The installer reported an error at the end of installation, but completed anyway. There is no uninstaller option.
What was not tested
Couldn't test the player app, because the window freaks out immediately upon opening.
Tested with the older, non-XP version of Windows Media Player 9
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||openSUSE 13.1 x86_64||Apr 18 2015||1.7.41||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Rosanne|
|Show||Fedora 17||Jun 19 2012||1.5.3||No, but has workaround||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||openSUSE 11.4 x86_64||Apr 20 2012||1.5.2||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Rosanne|
|Show||openSUSE 11.1||Feb 26 2010||1.1.39||Yes||Yes||Silver||Rosanne|
|Current||Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 15 2009||1.1.14||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Weston|
The easiest way to install WMP9 is with winetricks. http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks
For mp3 playback to work, you must have 32 bit libmpg123 installed on your system and Wine must have been compiled with mp3 support. Not all distro packages have this. The workaround for lack of mp3 support in a distro package is to use the codec installed by WMP9 itself, l3codeca.acm. To do this, after installing WMP9 with winetricks, create a symlink named winemp3.acm in the wineprefix's /windows/system32 directory, with l3codeca.acm as the target.
Video playback does not work.