DVD Forum approves Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) music format for DVD Audio

“The DVD Forum has approved the first version of its next-generation High Definition DVD (HD-DVD) specification. The organisation, which controls the DVD format, has also approved the mandatory use of the Apple-favoured AAC for audio tracks stored in the DVD-ROM partition of future DVD Audio discs,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.

[MacDailyNews Note: Apple uses Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) in QuickTime, iTunes, and other applications, but AAC was developed by the MPEG group that includes Dolby, Fraunhofer (FhG), AT&T, Sony, and Nokia


  1. “I wonder why there are no CD players that support AAC. Perhaps Apple should make one.”

    There’s something better. It’s called ‘iPod’, or iPod mini.

  2. sony is spreading itself to make sure it doesn’t lose out. it wants to control and make a better return using that Altra3 (sp??) format first because it is solely owned by sony. like microsoft, sony wants to own the formats, but and like apple, sony actually takes the initiative of creation (or used to anyways)

  3. And this is an earlier article from the same source (The Register) on the whole AAC as part of DVD-A subject�


    Two things:-

    Firstly, I love the second paragraph, particularly the quote around AAC having “sounded better than the others”.

    Secondly, I love the fact that – DRM schemes notwithstanding – Apple are shipping the only mainstream music player (i.e. not a Nokia phone) that is designed to deal with AAC, albeit with a firmware upgrade to cope with AAC-HE.

  4. In the portable audio player market, AAC is getting a little more support. Players from Panasonic, Samsung, Creative Labs, iRiver, and JVC support the format. But it’s still not that common compared to MP3.

  5. iggyb,
    I think there is a misunderstanding. IIRC, AAC is developed by Dolby and backed by the MPEG standard group which happens to include Sony. Sony has nothing to do with its development.

  6. Sputnik: “I will stick the the standard based WMA files and the industry leading development of audio technology from our great provider.”

    WMA is not a standard any more than my fingerprints. When ONE company comes up with a format unique to itself, it can’t be called a standard.

    And another thing. There have been several blind listening tests comparing WMA, AAC, MP3, etc. In every test AAC beat out WMA overall. In particular, there is this one test where 12 different songs were used. In a few, WMA got just a slightly higher score than AAC but AAC scored quite a bit better than WMA in the great majority. But here is the significant hit — in one song, WMA mucked up the quality really, REALLY bad. AAC got consistant high scores for every one. What this should tell ya is that for most people, WMA and AAC are sort of on a par MOST of the time. But sooner or later along comes a song that, when listened to in WMA, will sound like fingernails on a chalk board.

    So you go ahead, listen to WMA till your skin crawls.

  7. WMA will only be a standard if the public buys Digital music players that play WMA and people actually use it….

    Not happening….

    Apple has a lead with them selling millions of ipods and millions of songs on iTMS… But they’re still not selling enough to make it a standard….

    most of the music files out there are still on mp3… that for now is still the standard…..

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