FFmpeg can decode WMA.
Ahem. While WMA Standard hasn't been updated in ages, wma pro is fully competitive with any modern codec for file size/transparency. Without providing actual results of extensive listening tests, it outperformed lame, autov vorbis and fhg aac at quality level 50. A user who tends to reside within the microsoft ecosystem would benefit greatly with wma pro as it plays on any zune device, xbox, windows phone or windows pc. It's not a horrible codec to utilize at all. It would seem as though we've exposed a chink in your bipartisan armour?
FFmpeg can decode WMA.Unless you're using Debian stable, perharps.
Again, the OP asked a simple question 'why use wma'. I present a hypothetical situation where wma pro is most beneficial. If a user uses a windows pc, a zune device, xbox or windows phone
Why not? It's compatibility and support is 2nd only to MP3 (really, nearly universal), it's player is embedded on every Windows based computer, and at high bitrates (200 kbps +), it's as transparent as MP3. I use all Windows software, have a Windows phone, and am thinking about a Surface. Why don't you try it and see? I think you might like it.
Quotehttp://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....c=98841&hl=Man, WMA 9 sounds like Blade at 128 kbps. And a bad codec at medium bitrates is usually bad on higher as well. Windows Media Player has an untuned, old encoder and even Microsoft pretty much silently abandoned the format. I gave WMA a chance and my ears responded "no!".I'm not trying to start a war here. You're entitled to your preference for a codec. But Stevie Wonder could probably ABX a 128 kbps lossy file against any lossless codec as well as you did.
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....c=98841&hl=Man, WMA 9 sounds like Blade at 128 kbps. And a bad codec at medium bitrates is usually bad on higher as well. Windows Media Player has an untuned, old encoder and even Microsoft pretty much silently abandoned the format. I gave WMA a chance and my ears responded "no!".
WMA just got two full pages of people on HydrogenAudio bickering over it.That's its biggest claim to relevancy in years.
WMA just got two full pages of people on HydrogenAudio bickering over it.
Quote from: Banned on 02 February, 2013, 02:27:05 AMFFmpeg can decode WMA.Unless you're using Debian stable, perharps.I'm on ubuntu 12.something, so Debian based, playing on Amarok. When I tried a wma lossless file it put it on the playlist, and popped up a window indicating it was searching for a compatible plugin (which failed). Perhaps a lossy, non-pro, non-drm wma file would play.
Quote from: eahm on 31 January, 2013, 12:44:54 PMPardon 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.At a guess it's because WMP is the default audio player for many versions of Windows, if not it's the first thing people see to download. Remember many people are not technical and don't care about their audio, they just want to listen to it on their PC. On Windows, they put a CD in, Windows rips it so it's wma.
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.
Very Informative, I assume that the last "out-of-band" update for Windows Media Format SDK runtime is still capable of decoding all current versions of codec. Because if not, we would have surely heard of the incompatibility? In other words, "Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP" should still be able to decode all versions of the codec.
As far as lossy codecs go, there still aren't many other codecs out there which support 24-bit multichannel hi-res audio like WMA Pro does, so I'd say WMA Pro might still have some legitimate advantage in that category.
Lossy formats don't really have an associated number of bits per sample. Instead they just decode to some number of bits per sample, which can be quite high. For instance, 24 bit output was pretty common for MP3, Vorbis, AAC and ... WMA std. No idea why MS first decided to start marking that feature with WMA Pro.