Hewlett-Packard: No WMA for iPod�

“Contrary to reports, Hewlett-Packard will not be supporting Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio format in its forthcoming HP-branded iPod,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired.

“According to Paul Thurrot’s WinInfo newsletter, HP is working with Apple to add support for WMA to the iPod. Thurrot’s report was widely circulated online on Monday. However, a spokesman for HP denied any such plans,” Kahney reports. “‘We’re not going to be supporting WMA for now,’ said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP’s digital entertainment products group. ‘We picked the service that was the most popular (Apple’s iTunes Music Store),’ said Ghadiali. ‘We could have chosen another format, but that would have created more confusion for our customers. Most customers don’t care about the format they’re downloading.'”

“Last week, HP made the surprising announcement that it will be reselling a HP-branded iPod this summer. HP will also bundle Apple’s iTunes digital jukebox on all new consumer PCs,” Kahney reports. “The question of file format is key. Apple uses a proprietary, copy-protected scheme based on Advanced Audio Coding. The majority of Apple’s competitors — Napster, Wal-Mart, Musicmatch, Best Buy and dozens of others — sell music encoded in Microsoft’s WMA format. The problem is that Apple’s iPod — the most popular portable player on the market — will not play music encoded in WMA. Likewise, none of the other portable music players from the likes of Dell, Rio or Creative Technology will play AAC files.”

“Joe Wilcox, a senior analyst with Jupiter Research, expressed surprise that HP didn’t insist the HP iPod support WMA. Without it, he said, a lot of HP customers may find their music incompatible with the upcoming HP iPod,” Kahney reports. “‘Does the format matter to consumers? If they can’t play it, it does,’ Wilcox said. ‘If they buy something and they can’t play it, of course they care.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Thurrot” and “credibility” in the same sentence? That’s the last time you’ll see that!


  1. This is from the Wired article: “Apple uses a proprietary, copy-protected scheme based on Advanced Audio Coding. While AAC is a proposed standard for Internet audio developed by a consortium of companies, Apple has wrapped its songs in a Digital Rights Management scheme that puts some restrictions on playback devices. “

    They have it backwards. FairPlay doesn’t put restrictions on playback devices. It’s the lack of playback devices support for FairPlay that causes the restriction.

  2. I think Paul’s answer to this reader’s comment says it all:

    – Submitted On: January 12, 2004
    Once again Paul Thurrott has succeeded in creating a public outlet for lies and propaganda. How about using the real truth for a change?

    Editor’s note: Please be specific. –Paul

  3. Who are all these supposed customers left in the dust? Are the competitors even selling songs anymore? I mean, has anyone seen any holiday season figures from any of the stores like Napster or Walmart? Are they too embarrassed to publish them?

  4. The other music stores post their HITS rather than their actual SALES, which speaks volumes as to their actual success.

    Gotta love it when the arrogant anti-Apple crowd gets their ignorant noses rubbed in their own excrement. ;o)

  5. You know what it says about infinite monkeys with infinite typewriter producing Shakespearean work? At Thurrott’s site, it takes one crack-smoking monkey with one typewriter to produce that crap.

    Why other news sites keep quoting his fantasies is beyond me. At least, at MDN, we are entertained and laugh at his idiocy.

  6. Quote from Thurrott regarding the HP denial:

    “…perhaps the quote should be read more carefully. “We’re not going to be supporting WMA for now,” said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP’s digital entertainment products group. “For now.” I reported that HP would be working to get WMA on the iPod, and that could still be happening. A bigger issue, however, is the notion that I somehow made this up: As you note, this information did come from a source at HP.” –Paul

    Denial. This guy is ass personified.

  7. Don’t you just love it when Apple is in a win/win situation?
    Don’t support WMA and continue to sell tons of iPods.
    Support WMA and sell even more iPods.

    Apple can’t lose and Billy can’t stop whining about it..

  8. Paul Thurrot open the big and red mouth to say “hi, im paul thurrot, techbullshits Ass talk”

    he the type of “The Way IS..” and show a lot of comments, many times realy stupid.

    the real Rumor Way is Guy, Paul Suspiro.


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