A different tune (update)

Trade press and mass media continue to report on Apple's (new) iTunes for Windows. PC World reports that Apple sold 1 million tunes in three days after the launch. Internetnews.com likened Apple's move to throwing down a "guantlet" to other music sites. "I think this will come down to Apple vs. MusicMatch unless Microsoft enters, which is expected, and changes the overall dynamic," industry analyst Rob Enderle told internetnews.com. Articles (analysts) also reference the competing technologies -- Microsoft's Windows Media Audio (WMA, a proprietary codec designed to compete with MPEG3) and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, an industry standard). AAC is designed to give the highest audio quality in smallest file size/bit rate. And it's not new. Moreover, many experts insist that it is "the state of the art in audio compression technology." The "battle" between MP3 and AAC has been compared with VHS-BetaMax, where the best technology "lost" due to…continue reading →

A different tune

It's no real surprise that a Microsoft Executive blasted Apple's iTunes for Windows. The interest comes in the comments that are appearing in blogs. At one Seattle PI blog, a reader writes: .. WMA was created by Microsoft so that they did not have to play the standards game and could achieve vendor lock. It is ironic that they would now complain that Apple's use of a standardized format would be a bad thing... and another I have installed itunes onto my Windows PC (and) it really is the best Windows application I have yet to use. The Windows Player was always useless to me, it was always a challenge. While I was loading the itunes I looked at the new operating system for macintosh, Panther, and I am impressed. So where are your comments Seattle windows users? Tell me Apple is bad like you do in the past so…continue reading →