Friday, February 20, 2004

One music player, hold the WMA!

According to this article, the chip used in the iPod is natively designed by its manufacturer to play WMA files as well as AAC and mp3.

This simply confirms what we already assumed, that Apple could make the iPod WMA-capable, but chooses not to for (obvious) strategic reasons.

What's also interesting about this article is how several people in its comments have noted that the chip supports AAC. This suggests that other companies might intentionally disable AAC support similarly to Apple's disabling WMA support.

There are a lot of PeeCee people out there who keep insisting that Apple's going to add WMA support to the iPod and iTunes, but it just isn't the cards. Both Apple and HP have said there's no plans to support Windows Media on either company's 'pods.


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