CNET reports today that Windows Media Player 11 is now available via a few different pipelines:

"Although the official launch of the media player beta isn't expected until Wednesday, consumers could find the software inside iRiver's Clix digital music player, which went on sale Monday. The Inquirer.net also was offering free copies of WMP 11 on its site.

"WMP 11 has, so far, received favorable reviews (click here for comments from CNET.com). And even though it doesn't work with the iPod, WMP 11 includes several features to help it compete with iTunes."

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