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MacBytes
Jan 12, 2004, 12:17 PM
Category: Opinion/Interviews
Link: The End of Windows Media Audio (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040112131754)

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1macker1
Jan 12, 2004, 01:33 PM
I have a song that's in the WMA format and the AAC format, and to my ears, I couldn't tell the difference.

Qunchuy
Jan 12, 2004, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by 1macker1
I have a song that's in the WMA format and the AAC format, and to my ears, I couldn't tell the difference.

To turn this anecdote into something closer to useful data, you should tell us 1) what bit rates each file was encoded with, and 2) what kind of music it was. Some genres are more tolerant of suboptimal encoding than others.

MrMacMan
Jan 12, 2004, 06:13 PM
Someone has been posting a lot of Apple-x articles...

Anyway I don't see the death of WMA coming anytime soon.

Microsoft has a strong backing by itself and other companies...

Just because apple has one ally doesn't mean much...

nagromme
Jan 12, 2004, 08:05 PM
WMA as a format will remain among many others. No harm there.

WMA for music purchasing is pretty much dead, I predict. It has a tiny fraction of sales, split among several unporofitable ventures, and none of the momentum of Apple and AAC. iTunes is the leader in online sales by far, and has elegant software and hardware solutions which WMA lacks.

1macker1
Jan 13, 2004, 09:22 AM
Both at 128kbps, it was alternative music (Likin Park - Numb). But I also did other songs, and I couldnt hear the difference.
Originally posted by Qunchuy
To turn this anecdote into something closer to useful data, you should tell us 1) what bit rates each file was encoded with, and 2) what kind of music it was. Some genres are more tolerant of suboptimal encoding than others.

Mord
Jan 13, 2004, 10:58 AM
that expanes it linken park and similer songs dont show a differece.

what speakers are you useing?

1macker1
Jan 13, 2004, 02:47 PM
what songs do you listen to that you can tell a WMA file from a AAC file by ear?

I'm using the apple pro speaker that came with the computer.

Mord
Jan 13, 2004, 02:53 PM
If you mean the speaker on the frount of a g4 tower you cannot tell any difference if you mean the apple pro speakers like the ones that come with the imac then you can tell the difference only when the quality is set to 64kbps but if you have a sub the difference at high quality is big.
try listening to muse there music has a clarity that linken park lacks

1macker1
Jan 13, 2004, 03:45 PM
like i said before, my music is 128kbps or higher, there is no difference to the ear. my speakers are the apple pro speakers that come with the iMac.
Originally posted by Hector
If you mean the speaker on the frount of a g4 tower you cannot tell any difference if you mean the apple pro speakers like the ones that come with the imac then you can tell the difference only when the quality is set to 64kbps but if you have a sub the difference at high quality is big.
try listening to muse there music has a clarity that linken park lacks