Zunester Is an Idiotster

In a post on his “Zunester” weblog titled “More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Audio Formats”, David Caulton describes AAC thusly (emphasis added):

AAC — designed for MPEG, by MPEG. Largely associated with Apple at this point, AAC was designed by a licensing body, complete with patent pool, etc. Licensable by anyone for a (relatively pricey) fee from MPEG-LA. High compression efficiency. Compatibility is fine — as long as you buy Apple products.

Now let’s look at Microsoft’s Zune Media Formats web page:

Zune supports the following audio formats:

  • Microsoft Windows Media Audio (.wma)
  • MP3 audio (.mp3)
  • AAC audio (.m4a, .m4b, .mp4)

Perhaps Caulton should want to know more about audio formats.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007