“Apple today released iTunes 4.5, which allows you to convert WMA songs to AAC format so they’ll play on the iPod. In typical Apple fashion, this is the hard way to do things, as the iPod would support WMA naturally if they just let it (Apple turns off this feature in the iPod bios). But give Apple credit: A file transcoded from WMA to AAC will sound like crap, so the company can point to the sound quality difference as a reason to stick with its proprietary format,” Paul Thurrott writes for Paul Thurrott’s Internet Nexus. Full article here.
In an article dated January 9, 2004, Thurrott wrote, “Exclusive: HP Working to Get WMA on iPod – HP’s blockbuster deal with Apple will have one exciting side effect, I discovered today. The company will be working with Apple to add support for Microsoft’s superior Windows Media Audio (WMA) format to the iPod by mid-year. You heard it here first.” More here.
No word on whether Paul is reconsidering his position that the HP ‘iPod’ will play the “superior” WMA format. Looks like it’ll play WMA format music after it’s been converted to AAC, that is. Also, Thurrott provides no hard facts supporting his assertion that “a file transcoded from WMA to AAC will sound like crap.”