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WMA Codec update

Hi
i use lame 3.90.3 to encode my cds
but i would like to give a try to the microsoft wma codec/encoder

where can i download ?
is it free or?
i need only the encoder

WMA Codec update

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Hi
i use lame 3.90.3 to encode my cds
but i would like to give a try to the microsoft wma codec/encoder

where can i download ?
is it free or?
i need only the encoder
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Maybe you'll change your mind after reading this:
[a href="http://www.rjamorim.com/test/multiformat128/results.html]results of Roberto's latest listening test[/url]

There's also "WMA Pro" which seems to sound better than "WMA Standard" at very low bitrates, but there's no hardware support for WMA Pro yet.
WMA is a set of closed-sourced codecs which can be (currently) used for free AFAIK.
Unfortunately I don't know where you can get the encoder.
(To be honest: I don't care much about WMA since either the quality is poor (standard) or there's no hardware support (pro))


HTH,
SebastianG


WMA Codec update

Reply #3
just give it a try, think twice if you want it for archival purpose

This is what I predict
If, If.......One day M$ bankrupt, WMA will also be gone together with it

WMA Codec update

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just give it a try, think twice if you want it for archival purpose

Indeed, I gave WMA 9.1 STD a go a few weekends ago and finally discovered for myself why everyone bashes this format so much. The only level I wasn't able to easily ABX was the highest VBR level available in WMP10, as well as lossless of course. And I'm not even that good yet at ABXing either, so what does that tell you?

WMA Codec update

Reply #5
yes thanks!
but should i update Windows Media player?

i use w2k , but i have never updated my built in plauer
or?

WMA Codec update

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yes thanks!
but should i update Windows Media player?

i use w2k , but i have never updated my built in plauer
or?
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To test Ripping CDs to Windows Media Audio 9 Codec, you will have to update to Windows Media Player 9.

[a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/player.aspx]http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsme...ies/player.aspx[/url]

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This is what I predict
If, If.......One day M$ bankrupt, WMA will also be gone together with it

...and also that applies for Individuals, Apple, Real and all that, right?

Cheers,
McoreD

WMA Codec update

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Quote
This is what I predict
If, If.......One day M$ bankrupt, WMA will also be gone together with it

...and also that applies for Individuals, Apple, Real and all that, right?

Cheers,
McoreD
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Well, AAC won't be gone.

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Indeed, I gave WMA 9.1 STD a go a few weekends ago and finally discovered for myself why everyone bashes this format so much. The only level I wasn't able to easily ABX was the highest VBR level available in WMP10, as well as lossless of course. And I'm not even that good yet at ABXing either, so what does that tell you?
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EXACTLY

one more thing,
WMA is inferior to mp3 at higher bitrates (>128kbps)

hahahhahahahah, WMA STD or even PRO is loosing to AAC at lower bitrates!
I tried it myself, iTunes4.6/Nero aac at 80 or 96 is better than WMA STD

at 64 kbps, Vorbis, Nero HE-AAC, iTunes4.6  AAC sounds better than wma

......................
a few years back, WMA is the best codec for bitrate 64kbps
but now NO MORE, Its not a winner at any bitrate.......so sad...........pittyful m$