[clug] Ominous DRM rumblings

Sam Couter sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Fri May 27 11:43:05 GMT 2005

Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:
> Well... considering that WMA has become the defacto standard for so  
> many sites that do streaming audio? Just check out Canberra FM, or  
> ABC Radio.
> Why do they do it? Is Windows Media Audio free-as-in-beer to produce?

What else would they use? MP3 is patented, nobody except us geeks gives
a fuck about Ogg Vorbis, WMA Just Works for the 90%+ of computer users
who have Windows. Even if it's not free-as-in-beer to encode, it's the
path of least resistance.
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