My Mac is currently running Windows Media Player V9. Have no idea how this may differ from the Win version.
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Version 9 is the last version available for the Mac, but perhaps there is software that can convert your files to FLAC or AppleLossless.
If so, I think you'll be very happy with the Mac. And really, do you think Bill Gates needs any more of your (or anyone else's) money??
Actually, if you buy one of the new Intel Macs, you could run Windows either through "Boot Camp" or virtually through Parallels Virtualization software and keep using WMP 11. (but why?)
I think iTunes will do the job for you. Why not download the PC version and check it out? If iTunes PC will handle your RIP'd files, you should have no problem with iTunes on the Mac. If you do have a problem reading the files, there are conversion utilities (freeware) that will do the job.
Don't even bother using the Mac version of Windows Media Player, it's not very good. Try Flip4Mac, which is free, and allows you to play WMV in Quicktime. I'm not sure if it plays windows media 11 files, but it'll handle everything you download off the web.
Regardless, iTunes is so much better than WMP that I would recommend getting your tunes into Apple Lossless someway or another. From iTunes, you can then convert them into any bitrate mp3 or aac you want.