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MS moves into online music with WMA licensing

updated 12:35 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2003

MS pushes WMA as standard

The New York Post talks about Microsoft's aggressive push into the online music industry : "Microsoft pushes a competing digital music standard called Windows Media Audio, or WMA. Yesterday, it announced a partnership with Loudeye, a Seattle-based firm that sets up inexpensive Internet music stores using WMA for companies, including Gibson Guitars and AT&T Wireless....With everyone from Wal-Mart to Coca-Cola getting into the online music business - and most of them using the WMA standard - Microsoft plans to flood the Internet, muscling out Apple the same way Windows crushed the Mac."




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    As long as iPod is #1

    As long as iPod is #1, and iPod doesn't support WMA. MS is going to have a hard go. And by using WMA they are cutting out Mac users, who alone, purchase more online music then windows users (just before the iTMS for Windows launch). And as Apple pointed out, there is not much money in it. In the next year or two we're going to see the .Music boom and burst.

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    Me too...

    me too, me too, me too (Bill Gates, 2003)

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    format

    The format is still going to be determined by the market leader... Apple. As long as Apple continues to dominate the hardware (iPod) and software (iTMS), WMA won't make much of a dent.

    And the worst case scenerio is that Apple allows WMA as a format in addition to AAC, MP3, etc;. Even that wouldn't be the worst thing if things start to go sour.

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    Microsoft über alles

    NAPSTER BAAAAAD!! MONOPOLY GOOOOOD!!

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    Just for claims sake

    M$ only does things not because it's from the heart and giving the user a good experience, BUT simply to do what Apple does and claim they too offer whatever

    i.e iMovie/Movimaker, now music.
    These guys in Redmond don't really want to do this deep down.

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    Format and hardware

    Apple even admitted that the only way they are making money from the music store is the sale of the iPod. MS has no chance.

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    iPod

    All Apple has to do is produce a

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    Yes they do.

    They don't need a chance, they just want it all. They want a monopoly and don't care if they lose money with it. They have plenty on the bank.
    Look at the Xbox. They lose big time bucks with it, but can afford it. Now they nr. 2 after PS2 ... and climbing.

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    They got it backwards

    AAC is a standard described here: http://www.telos-systems.com/?/techtalk/aac/default.htm and here http://www.vialicensing.com/products/mpeg4aac/standard.html.

    WMA is a proprietary format licensed to others by Microsoft.

    Idiots!

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    same ol

    thing. gates and company have no vision ("the web is a fad and microsoft won't be getting into it" gates, 1995) but then those with vision that do succeed drives him nuts and he can't stand it so uses his monopoly to shove ms's version down consumers throats. with lots of choices coming out in players and most of them supporting wma there's little chance they won't succeed. wasn't long ago everything was mp3. they crushed that with their proprietary c***. same old song and dance.

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