Right: you are having this problem because windows is not properly following the standard while linux is (this is normal). WMP knows how to interpret the files, totem doesn't. Further - MS will keep changing how the depart from standard. It is a form of vendor lockin.
However, if you are using totem-gstreamer, you may want to try totem-xine. It seems to have better support for proprietary stuff and is more tolerant to departures from standards.
sudo aptitude install totem-xine
WMP11, AFAIK, will play ogg/vorbis and ogg/theora files with a plugin. I think RealPlayer handles them too. Personally I stopped using WMP at version 8, when it started truncating mp3 files exported to my PDA in wma format. After learning about open source I discovered ogg formats and never looked back. I use only ogg, flacc and a bit of wav.
I convert proprietary media to free ogg/theora/vorbis with the ffmpeg2theora utility.
sudo aptitude install ffmpeg2theora
Use: cd into the media directory:
... and you get a new file, myfile.ogg. Play that.
Last edited by Simon Bridge; 07-22-2007 at 05:21 AM.