Registered: Feb 2003
OK, time to take off the rose-colored glasses. Although you make some valid points on AAC support, here's the reality:
1. Apple is 2-4% of the total PC population
2. iTunes on Windows is a very small population, probably less than 5%
3. Of the people who own Macs and use iTunes, the majority of their music is not DRM encrypted, so it could be MP3 as easily as AAC.
4. Of the 2-4% of the total PC population that have AAC files on their system, very few have TiVo and even fewer have HMO.
5. If you really wanted to, you could convert AAC files over to MP3, except for the encrypted ones (which is probably a small # of files per user.)
The gist of this issue is that while this appears to be a great big issue that runs your life, the reality is that 99.8% or more of the population does not have an AAC issue because they are not using it.
TiVo is going to go where the market is. You can either join the market and go MP3, or hold on to AAC and complain about the lack of support. I'll give you the fact that AAC could be a better format (MP3 is the lowest common denominator), but it's never a battle about superior technology, it's ALWAYS about the market.
Beta kicked VHS's ass. Where can you play your beta tapes today? 20 years later you can still buy VHS VCRs.
All the music I buy is in WMA format. I immediately burn a disc and then rip to MP3. I lose some quality but I gain maximum flexibility - I can play it anywhere at any time. I never share, just personal use. I just don't like someone else controlling when/where I can hear what I paid for.
What if the DRM system goes amuck and you can't listen to your music???
I have over 10,000 songs in my collection, all in MP3. It's not necessarily the highest fidelity that every expert would rave about, but I can listen to them all day long on my TiVo.
Sometimes its best to know when to fight and when to give in. If you look at all the press releases, these are other companies doing plug ins for TiVo. If you want AAC support, get on Apple, they have far more at stake than Tivo. For TiVo, it's probably less than 1% of their population.
If you think 30M downloads is a lot, just remember that in the file swapping world, that's about a week or less of Kazaa. The 30M AAC downloads are probably a rounding error of the total electronic music population.
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