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HP - No WMA for IPod

“Contrary to reports, Hewlett-Packard will not be supporting Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio format in its forthcoming HP-branded iPod. [...]

“We’re not going to be supporting WMA for now,” said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP’s digital entertainment products group.

“We picked the service that was the most popular (Apple’s iTunes Music Store),” said Ghadiali. “We could have chosen another format, but that would have created more confusion for our customers.”

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Makes sense to me.  They team up with iTunes, then why would they want the hPod to play antying but AAC?  Nobody seems to complain that napster’s audio player only plays mp3s downloaded from the napster service.

Posted by Dave in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 10:45 AM (CST)


“We could have chosen another format, but that would have created more confusion for our customers.”

Good insight HP; you’re customers are already confused enough.


Posted by Don in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 11:36 AM (CST)


Well duh!! Apple were never going to allow WMA to infest ipods! Why would they allow sales to disappear from ITMS? It makes no logical sense!

Posted by camson in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 2:48 PM (CST)


There is one aspect of this all that has been overlooked by most. iTunes should support WMA in that it should include a one-way utility allowing users to convert the few WMA songs they may have been suckered into buying into AAC for use in iTunes. They could bill it as “come to iTunes and take your dead-end format music library with you”.

No, iTunes shouldn’t play WMA files. No, the iPod shouldn’t support WMA files. But let’s give the consumers the “choice” that Microsoft wants them to have.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 2:52 PM (CST)


I hope this burns Microsoft…

Posted by mongoos150 in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 6:33 PM (CST)


some might be disapointed that the “superior format” will not be on the ipod after all.

Posted by .playero in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 7:24 PM (CST)


I think this is stupid.  Limiting consumer choice is NEVER a good thing.

Posted by stark23x in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 10:52 PM (CST)


It’s ridiculous that they have chosen not to support WMA format. If they want in on the PC format, then why do they refuse to support windows standard files? Is stupid and frustrating. If a selection of formats confuses you then you really must be easy to confuse! If you don’t like it, then just stick to what you know! iPod is great, but its a shame that they limit it so.

Posted by Churchwolf in Irvine, CA on January 14, 2004 at 8:25 PM (CST)


Limiting consumer choice? Who the hell would choose WMA? As Bugs Bunny said, “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”

WMA should be named WMD - because supporting it has spelled doom for the various and miscellaneous music stores out there… buymusic.com, napster 2.0, wal-mart, dull, musicmush.

Let me ask you this, if Microsoft drops a shitpile media format in the woods, then tries to cram it down the consumers’ throats - but nobody listens to it - will it ever be missed? Not by anyone with a dribble of sense.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Irvine, CA on January 14, 2004 at 8:34 PM (CST)


Okay, not to beat a dead horse here (though that is exactly what WMA is turning out to be) but there have been plenty of choices made - and there continue to be.

Microsoft chose to cram a drachonian, all-controlling, big-brotheresque WMA DRM scheme down our throat that makes AAC/Fairplay look like no DRM at all.

The consumers have chosen AAC in the form of 32 million purchases and counting - 70% of the total download sales market… OR Ogg and MP3 for free distribution.

Even the big companies have chosen AAC: XM Radio transmits in AAC; Nokia sells and distributes hundreds of millions of media files in AAC format; the biggest Wintel box-assembler in the business, HP, has chosen AAC; and even REAL has decided to go with AAC for their new music store (because they wanted to make some real money after bleeding money through that Rhapsody boondoggle for so long).

Who chose WMD? (oops, I mean WMA)... The morons who needed to tried to get a music store out right fast and had to go with the “music store in a box” that a certain Microsoft partner had all ready to go. That’s why they’re all the same, folks.

So after Dolby, Fraunhofer (FhG), AT&T, Sony, and Nokia got together to form the MPEG consortium and choose to build a superior codec to succeed MP3 (that’s what AAC is… MP4 [or m4p or whatever - same thing]), then Microsoft chose to stay on the outside. Redmond chose to limit consumer choice in another attempt to control the consumer experience.

Let them all live with their choices.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Irvine, CA on January 14, 2004 at 9:26 PM (CST)


Choices. That is what it all comes down to then isn’t it? So if it is up to the choices, then it would weigh heavily in favour of the hardware suppliers to make the use of their equipment available to people who have made all choices. Quite appart from the fact that if you want to download free music you, often, end up with a great many WMA files. Try it next time you are after that elusive song on limewire…

The bottom line is that it should not be about “tyranical” companies ramming their standards (crappy or otherwise) down consumers throats. It is about consumers getting the music they want, when they want it. Not having to go and buy it off some site, but being able to create it themselves or get it off the net. You have to be literally blind not to notice that the total, and absolute VAST majority of people will ALWAYS go for the free option REGARDLESS of the file type, than go and pay for it online.

Money is still to be made by hardware manufacturers, so all they need to do now is cater for all manner of audiences…

Let them all live with their choices. Indeed.

Posted by Churchwolf in Irvine, CA on September 8, 2004 at 12:16 AM (CDT)

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