Registered: Jan 2004
Originally posted by TiVoBill
It's certainly possible that we might support regular AAC files as some point, but I'd imagine the number of people using that format is pretty small and the potential confusion about why we can play some AAC files and not other AAC files might be too great.
I can understand this point. There are plenty of people who have large MP3 collections out there. I have observed that most of these people are anti-DRM, have huge libraries of downloaded music, and don't feel the need to convert the music. Hey that is great for them and TiVo has recognized that.
While there are probably some users who are jumping from MP3 to DRMed technologies, I suspect the majority of new iTunes users don't know about these issues. Heck, have you seen who Apple is targeting...the dang mini is in all the womens mags...most of these folks don't care about AAC, MP3, DRM, etc. Instead they want their stuff to work...and HMO won't in its default mode! For example, my wife gets upset that she can't play her ripped album unless I change the settings around in iTunes. I suspect that TiVo will see more of this as time goes on.
All I am saying that the situation is already confusing. In fact, it is MORE confusing for new iTunes users that AAC is not supported at all, especially when it is the default. When new users rip an album and it does not work with HMO, they are asking themselves why? Because TiVo says its too confusing to support AAC and DRMed AAC...that is nonsense! Instead, if HMO at least supported plain AAC, people would be able to play their ripped albums. When purchased music did not show up, they could then reason that it has something to do with the licensing of DRM on multiple machines.
Oh well, just a another nickle in the bucket....
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