iTunes 4.5 & WMA 2004-04-29 22:04:55 As many here I'm sure, I downloaded iTunes 4.5 the second I saw that it'd been released. I've used iTunes on WindowsXP ever since it was available. I love the interface and it makes the task organizing thousands of songs/albums very easy.What I've been struggling with however is what lossy codec to use within iTunes. Lame encoded MP3's, iTunes or Nero AAC? Each has their pros & cons and to be honest, I've not yet decided which to commit to. In the meantime however, I decided it would be a good idea to archive my CD collection using EAC (Secure copy) & FLAC. I'm happy with how this has gone and I've almost completed my collection.Now that iTunes 4.5 is here and now supports WMA, the thought of using WMA as a lossless format rather than FLAC is now suddenly much more appealing than it once was. I'm not saying I'll go out and ditch my FLAC archive, but here are my thoughts.Suppose I want to take my FLAC archive (encoded using EAC w/secure mode) and convert to iTunes encoded AAC. As far as I know, this conversion would be difficult. I'd expect to have to convert to WAV and then import the WAVs into iTunes. Not ideal.If my archive were WMA (lossless) encoded (copied using WMP 9), this would be a very simple process. I also don't loose out by being not being able to encode to other formats either, foobar2000 can handle WMA (plug-in) and from there every other lossy format becomes available as well. WMA also has an advantage in the portable space as well, though this isn't much of a concern for me.It's ironic that Apple has, by releasing 4.5 (which also has it's own prorietary lossless encoder) has in a sense opened up WMA. In my case I'm concerned most about portability in regards to which lossless codec I choose. I'd never consider Apples lossless codec for that reason alone.I realise WMA doesn't favour well around here, but is there a reason beyond "It's Microsoft" or "It just sucks" why one shouldn't consider WMA as a lossless codec for reasons I've described above? Are there technical reasons which make it inferior?