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Why the low popularity/usage of WMA Lossless? (according to the poll), Split from: 2012 ripping/encoding poll
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post Jan 10 2012, 06:21
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What's so bad about WMAL?
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post Jan 10 2012, 16:53
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QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 10 2012, 06:21) *
What's so bad about WMAL?


Except that hardly anybody uses it, and it is not very well supported? Even ffmpeg, which supports a codec list long as this, fails to decode it.

And it lacks features like ReplayGain support.


To counter it: Why choose WMA (lossy or lossless), except if you want to stick to Windows Media Player or really need something which Windows Explorer identifies as 'audio'?

( ... the obvious answer was źDRM╗ ... )


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post Jan 10 2012, 20:55
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What about reliability? Microsoft is a huge company and didn't update their thing for years, so pretty much a "tried and true" format?

Sometimes for freeware I have seen when an update goes out that has a bug, and they had to revert it but too bad for the people who already used it extensively.

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post Jan 11 2012, 00:09
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QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 10 2012, 12:55) *
What about reliability?


What reality? Microsoft not updating an encoder for a long period of time is not reality in any way, shape, or form. Additionally, if you examine the hardware market, both mp3 and AAC have more support. The portable player line that holds over 60% of the market is made by Apple and they don't support WMA. Even my Droid X (running Android 2.3) doesn't support WMA when it comes to making ringtones yet mp3 and AAC are fine for that. Just last year, I purchased a Blu-ray player with a front USB port. It works with mp3, mpeg-4 AAC, and PCM WAV audio files but no WMA.

So where is the reality in using an extremely outdated encoder that isn't supported by the majority of the DAP market (and has dwindling support outside of that)? People use different encoders/formats for different reasons. That's fine and people should use whatever works for them. However, that doesn't mean one can use flawed reasoning to reach their conclusion.
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- HTS   Why the low popularity/usage of WMA Lossless? (according to the poll)   Jan 10 2012, 06:21
- - Porcus   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 10 2012, 06:21) What...   Jan 10 2012, 16:53
|- - HTS   What about reliability? Microsoft is a huge compan...   Jan 10 2012, 20:55
||- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 10 2012, 12:55) What abo...   Jan 11 2012, 00:09
|||- - db1989   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Jan 10 2012, 23:09...   Jan 11 2012, 00:16
||- - Porcus   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 10 2012, 20:55) What abo...   Jan 11 2012, 01:43
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jan 10 2012, 10:53) QUOTE...   Jan 12 2012, 03:55
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (saratoga @ Jan 12 2012, 03:55) QUO...   Jan 12 2012, 19:34
- - greynol   That's kind of funny since for years WMP didn...   Jan 10 2012, 21:52
|- - HTS   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 10 2012, 15:52) That...   Jan 11 2012, 01:32
- - spoon   We have reported bugs to Microsoft (to the project...   Jan 10 2012, 22:23
|- - Squeller   QUOTE (spoon @ Jan 10 2012, 22:23) We hav...   Jan 14 2012, 15:27
- - greynol   Of the devices that support WMA, such as car stere...   Jan 11 2012, 00:16
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 10 2012, 16:16) Of t...   Jan 11 2012, 02:05
|- - Ron Jones   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 10 2012, 16:16) Of t...   Jan 12 2012, 03:51
- - HTS   What's the easiest way to convert about 300gb ...   Jan 12 2012, 03:47
|- - Roseval   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 12 2012, 03:47) What...   Jan 12 2012, 08:04
- - HTS   Foobar in its latest version can decompress WMAL f...   Jan 13 2012, 06:17
|- - probedb   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 13 2012, 05:17) Foobar i...   Jan 13 2012, 12:15
|- - HTS   QUOTE (probedb @ Jan 13 2012, 06:15) QUOT...   Jan 14 2012, 00:35
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 13 2012, 18:35) The ques...   Jan 14 2012, 00:47
|- - HTS   QUOTE (saratoga @ Jan 13 2012, 18:47) QUO...   Jan 14 2012, 00:51
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 13 2012, 18:51) QUOTE (s...   Jan 14 2012, 00:59
- - slks   The reason nobody uses WMA Lossless is that there...   Jan 13 2012, 06:43
- - hellokeith   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 9 2012, 23:21) What...   Jan 14 2012, 10:00
- - lvqcl   I don't know what means "without any help...   Jan 14 2012, 11:10
- - spoon   Back in the day when MS first released WMA dBpower...   Jan 14 2012, 17:08
|- - hellokeith   QUOTE (spoon @ Jan 14 2012, 10:08) now it...   Jan 15 2012, 00:09
- - kornchild2002   I imagine MS has its hands in several patents for ...   Jan 15 2012, 02:10
- - cowls192   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 10 2012, 01:21) What...   Aug 10 2012, 04:07
- - Mach-X   There's nothing wrong with wmal, or wma in gen...   Dec 23 2012, 07:22
|- - probedb   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Dec 23 2012, 06:22) ...   Dec 23 2012, 10:47
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Dec 23 2012, 01:22) ...   Dec 23 2012, 15:00
- - nu774   Maybe because of this? http://www.hydrogenaudio.or...   Dec 23 2012, 09:28
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (nu774 @ Dec 23 2012, 04:28) Maybe ...   Dec 23 2012, 20:21
- - pdq   WMA (and I don't mean WMA Pro) scored consiste...   Dec 23 2012, 16:07
- - frozenspeed   QUOTE (HTS @ Jan 9 2012, 22:21) What...   Dec 23 2012, 18:59


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