Pot, kettle, black?

by Volker Weber

Dave Fester, GM Windows Digital Media Division, slams iTunes in a fake interview:

Unless Apple decides to make radical changes to their service model, a Windows-based version of iTunes will still remain a closed system, where iPod owners cannot access content from other services.

Let me see. iTunes lets you encode your own CDs as MP3 and AAC, which is an acronym for MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding. Windows Media lets you encode your CDs as WMA, not as MP3 and not as AAC. With iTunes you can transcode from AAC to MP3 and back. Windows Media won't let you transcode from WMA to MP3. iTunes lets you burn MP3-CDs right from the application, Windows Media won't.

But Fester is not all wrong. I have to agree with him here:

I want to know that I have choices today and in the future.

A good reason to stay away from WMA.


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