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yuvamani

"Interestingly Apple and iTunes are attempting to hold onto their supremacy by eliminating DRM from their proprietary AAC format and not embracing more open formats like MP3 or WMA."

AAC is primarily a Dolby product (not Apple) and can be licensed to whoever wants to license it. Sony fully supports it so does Zune - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Audio_Coding

WMA is controlled by MSFT and is definitely more closed than AAC which is a standard.

MP3 is probably the most open of them all - In the sense that most media players support the format. But it is still encumbered by patents.

Therfore with this move players like Sansa and Zen should probably move ahead and add AAC support.

bill s.

wikipedia is never a source to quote -- i'm not able to play AAC on windows

Neal @ Digital Music Frontier

You seem to be more optimistic than most people that this will make other record labels switch to DRM-free formats. I'm in your camp. I believe there is just too much at stake here for them not too change on this.

Neal @ Digital Music Frontier

You seem to be more optimistic than most people that this will make other record labels switch to DRM-free formats. I'm in your camp. I believe there is just too much at stake here for them not to change on this.

Terzam

The record labels sure took their time... and I am pleased that EMI has taken the plunge to provide iTunes a DRM-free catalog.

Although I am interested to see which major will be next... at what cost did iTunes sign this deal?

The digital music downloading business is already on a skinny margin!!!

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