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Why do people use WMA? How does it compare to other codecs? etc., [split from “Windows Media Player 12 VBR Codec?”, thread 99192]
eahm
post Jan 31 2013, 18:44
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Pardon my ignorance and please, this is a real question: why people use WMA? I've hear many people using it and I didn't used once.


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post Jan 31 2013, 20:03
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And what percentage of those "6 billion cell phones" actually support WMA, as well as online music stores (iTunes + Amazon account for over 80%, not much WMA there), etc. etc. etc.

Anyway...

Point being: WMA is a closed, proprietary format owned by one company - a company who, evidently, hasn't updated their audio codec in quite some time. Is *9.2* still being used by WMP *12*? And why *is* it so difficult to confirm that, even with Microsoft's own Windows Media Player?

As for how to change that - well, it's Microsoft's own codec and software, so if it doesn't happen by default, I don't think you're going to have much luck improving the situation (for instance, remuxing the .wma file with...?). This is just one reason of many that WMA does not get much use or discussion around here.

AAC and MP3, OTOH, are well-documented standards that are supported by a large number of devices and programs (at least all of those "6 billion cell phones", and many more). iTunes, for instance, will read the TOOL and VERSION strings from the tags of MP3 and AAC files, and report the software and version used to encode those files, even if they were created with something other than iTunes.

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- eahm   Why do people use WMA? How does it compare to other codecs? etc.   Jan 31 2013, 18:44
- - TheSeven   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 11:44) Pardon ...   Jan 31 2013, 18:56
|- - eahm   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 10:56) Why...   Jan 31 2013, 19:05
|- - mixminus1   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 10:56) It...   Jan 31 2013, 19:16
||- - TheSeven   QUOTE (mixminus1 @ Jan 31 2013, 12:16) QU...   Jan 31 2013, 19:21
||- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 19:21) Wel...   Jan 31 2013, 20:43
|- - DonP   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 12:56) Why...   Jan 31 2013, 19:50
||- - Banned   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 31 2013, 19:50) Over th...   Feb 2 2013, 08:27
||- - lvqcl   QUOTE (Banned @ Feb 2 2013, 11:27) FFmpeg...   Feb 2 2013, 09:58
||- - DonP   QUOTE (Banned @ Feb 2 2013, 02:27) FFmpeg...   Feb 2 2013, 15:31
||- - saratoga   QUOTE (DonP @ Feb 2 2013, 09:31) QUOTE (B...   Feb 3 2013, 19:51
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 17:56) Why...   Feb 2 2013, 18:01
- - pdq   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 12:44) Pardon ...   Jan 31 2013, 19:05
|- - TheSeven   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 31 2013, 12:05) QUOTE (e...   Jan 31 2013, 19:15
|- - db1989   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 18:15) Mos...   Jan 31 2013, 19:42
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 19:15) QUO...   Jan 31 2013, 20:40
|- - TheSeven   QUOTE http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index......   Feb 1 2013, 04:22
|- - Soap   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 22:22) But...   Feb 1 2013, 04:27
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 22:22) But...   Feb 1 2013, 07:20
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Feb 1 2013, 04:22) QUOT...   Feb 2 2013, 19:28
- - mixminus1   And what percentage of those "6 billion cell ...   Jan 31 2013, 20:03
- - Engelsstaub   I used to use WMA Lossless when I had a Zune. I ev...   Feb 1 2013, 05:36
- - greynol   It's about as well thought-out as choosing wma...   Feb 1 2013, 07:25
|- - Mach-X   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 1 2013, 01:25) It...   Feb 2 2013, 06:42
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 1 2013, 23:42) ....   Feb 2 2013, 07:13
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 2 2013, 00:42) A...   Feb 2 2013, 15:21
- - probedb   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 17:44) Pardon ...   Feb 1 2013, 12:51
- - JunkieXL   Nevermind. My response was stated above. I too s...   Feb 1 2013, 21:30
- - Porcus   I guess that WMA was part of Microsoft's futil...   Feb 2 2013, 05:17
- - Mach-X   I never accused him of loving apple. In fact, from...   Feb 2 2013, 07:52
- - greynol   My post was in reference to how incredibly stupid ...   Feb 2 2013, 08:24
- - Mach-X   Again, the OP asked a simple question 'why use...   Feb 2 2013, 09:05
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 2 2013, 09:05) A...   Feb 2 2013, 15:40
- - greynol   What belongs in this discussion is not for you to ...   Feb 2 2013, 09:13
- - Mach-X   Still trying to figure out how I posted in error. ...   Feb 2 2013, 10:13
- - greynol   I'm just happy to be getting all this attentio...   Feb 2 2013, 10:23
- - IgorC   Almost nobody uses WMA here as the poll indicates ...   Feb 2 2013, 19:40
|- - Porcus   Not sure if hydrogenaudio users are representative...   Feb 3 2013, 01:00
- - mavere   WMA just got two full pages of people on HydrogenA...   Feb 3 2013, 04:13
|- - frozenspeed   QUOTE (mavere @ Feb 2 2013, 20:13) WMA ju...   Feb 3 2013, 15:38
|- - db1989   QUOTE (mavere @ Feb 3 2013, 03:13) WMA ju...   Feb 3 2013, 19:10
- - bigidiot   Related thread here: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/...   Apr 24 2014, 14:18


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