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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 Feb 2 2013, 05:17
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I guess that WMA was part of Microsoft's futile attempt at becoming what the fruitcake company is today.

One should have in mind what was going on back then. The press was writing about how Fraunhofer was about to pull the "first needle free and then you're hooked" trick and cash in on MP3. It didn't turn out that way, and it might not have been so much of a real threat as the press would have it, but
- it might have been a strategy against being vulnerable to royalty claims.
- it was anyway at a time when Microsoft was really building their own of everything, whether they screwed over any and every standard or just had their own format
- Microsoft was in the market for portable playback devices
- and, not to forget: Microsoft was going for DRM big time, and needed a format which in the very least offered that @£¤%& stuff. Microsoft was positioning themselves at the monopoly on locking digital music into the computer in a way that the consumers couldn't get their hands on it.

Luckily the DRM bandwagon flopped (throwing out the reason to launch the OS that later became the quite pointless Vista), and there is simply no use for the WMA formats anymore. Honestly, what is there to it? Except it isn't as bad as Real Audio?


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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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