“Chip manufacture Portal Player in San Diego US build the embedded PB5502B-C chip in Apple’s iPod. This is the chip that allows the playing of AAC and MP3 – However what is interesting is that the chip firmware by default also allows the playing of WMA,” DanceFrontDoor reports.
“It looks like for some reason this is locked by Apple. The Portal Player chip is used in other Mobile Media Players and by default allows all three formats,” DFD reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: First, Apple can do whatever they wish with their product. Now, we wonder if someone will figure out how to do a firmware hack to turn the WMA feature on? (Would you apply an unsupported third-party firmware hack to your iPod?) If this hack existed, would it allow iPod and iPod mini to play protected WMA files purchased from the likes of Napster, BuyMusic.com, etc. (if they remain in business long enough)? If the report is true, Apple could turn on WMA support to all existing iPods with a simple firmware update if they so desired.