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The digital audio format war - who will win?

“An emerging version of this conflict is being fought out now over standards for music purchased online. It boils down to this: will Apple support Microsoft’s “Windows Media Audio” (WMA) format for purchased music on the iPod music player? Or has the Apple-preferred (but not Apple-owned) “Advanced Audio Codec” (AAC) format that it uses through its own iTunes Music Store become a de facto standard that others - including Microsoft - will have to adjust to?”

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hey do u find aac files for free???  um not as easy as mp3s - so shut the hell up ‘heh’  - i hate steve jobs

Posted by gabe on February 4, 2004 at 8:36 PM (CST)

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Yes, of course MP4 already exists, moron.  It IS AAC.  Apple just uses the AAC extension because they use some sort of file wrapper around the MP4 specification.  Just like how MP4 video files (i.e. Divx) are actually .avi on PCs.  AAC is just the wrapper, MP4 is the format.

Posted by people are dumb on February 5, 2004 at 3:48 PM (CST)

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Apple doesn’t use the AAC extension.  They use .m4a for the non-DRM files, and .m4p for the DRMed ones.

Posted by eas on February 7, 2004 at 1:26 PM (CST)

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