Microsoft's Astounding Arrogance

From: Jeff Bone (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 11:52:35 PDT

You guys may have seen this on /., but it's worth repetition.
Microsoft's new plan to support their own application strategy, the
desire of the RIAA, and the desires of partners like RealAudio is to
cripple support for MP3s at the platform level:

     Microsoft, for example, plans to severely limit the quality
     of music that can be recorded as an MP3 file using software
     built into the next version of its personal-computer
     operating system, Windows XP. But music recorded in the
     Redmond, Wash., software company's own format, called
     Windows Media Audio, will sound clearer and require far less
     storage space on a computer.

Check out this *amazing* quote from Dave Farber, former CTO of the

     "The industry doesn't want [MP3] pushed, and Microsoft and
     RealNetworks don't want it pushed. The consumer is going to
     eat what he's given," says David Farber, the former chief
     technologist at the Federal Communications Commission.


This kind of thing is why you can't own app space and OS space.


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