“Now I’ve had a little while to digest the detail of the Apple / EMI announcement, a couple of additional points come to mind. Firstly the fact that the high quality albums retail for the same price as DRM-ed albums is a really important tactic to offset the bias of digital music purchasing towards individual tracks,” Mark Mulligan blogs for JupiterResearch.
Mulligan, writes, “Secondly, and more controversially, this doesn’t actually do a huge amount to address interoperability with regards to Apple. The DRM free tracks on iTunes are in AAC format, which isn’t supported by the majority of digital music players. Jobs has played a very smart game: AAC is not a closed format, other manufacturers could license it if they so choose, and they are begining to. But currenly they predominately don’t and most of the installed base of players doesn’t support it.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Maximus” for the heads up.]
Mark, you should’ve spent a little while longer digesting. AAC is supported by the vast majority of digital music players. They’re called “iPods.” Look them up, if you’re not familiar with the product line. It’s painfully obvious that most of the installed base of players support AAC.
In addition, numerous also-ran devices also support AAC, including SanDisk Sansa e200R, Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), Sony Walkman S series (and A and E series with firmware update), Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, BenQ-Siemens, Philips, Nokia Nseries and other Nokia multimedia phones, Palm OS PDAs, even the hapless Microsoft Zune, among others. We won’t even get into the wide array of software applications that support AAC. More info here.
Next time, Mr. Mulligan, do your research before blogging.
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