Re: Microsoft's Astounding Arrogance

From: Stephen D. Williams (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 12:33:25 PDT

Every 14-25 yo in the US will be running Linux so that they can rip
pristine MP3s... ;-)

With devices like this (apparently there's no company site):
 **DAV311 MP3/VCD/CD Player 2 x AA Rechargeable battery, Earphone,
Remote Control, Audio & Video Cable

(Does anyone have any idea if this thing works well enough? Notice that
it has VCD support! The DAV310 model had long pauses between audio MP3

How long is any resistance against MP3 going to last?


Jeff Bone wrote:
> 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

And how are they going to do that? Mangle data coming from cdrom

> 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
> FCC!
> "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.
> cf.
> This kind of thing is why you can't own app space and OS space.
> jb


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