This is fantastic news. And this is a product I would buy. I do not shop on the iTunes music store because
Originally Posted by Superbass
No, you still need an iPod to play AAC files, and you can still only sync iPods with iTunes. This announcement mean dick all to people who want to use a different player or different software.
Research your views before throwing out such statements. Other music players do support AAC (not all, but many) as has already been established in this thread. More music players will support AAC as time progresses, AAC is a far superior standard to the archaic mp3, and it is also far more stable as a format. This is a wonderful step in the right direction. Oh, and if a company can get business from the iTunes Music Store, they will be much more interested in embracing this standard.
That said, here are two specific points.
“No, you still need an iPod to play AAC files…”
No you don’t. You can use these tracks with any other program compatible with AAC. Furthermore
, some other programs will happily convert the AAC tracks for you, and
you can convert these tracks in iTunes yourself! If you want mp3 files, convert them to mp3 in iTunes, and use them anywhere you want. The bit rate is high enough that you can do this without any serious loss in quality. How come nobody has mentioned this?
“This announcement mean[s] disk [to] all [the] people who want to use a different [mp3] player…”
No, it doesn’t. You can get these high quality tracks from iTunes, transfer or port them over to your other players or programs, and be as happy as ever. You get all the other benefits of the iTunes music store too. Easy browsing, downloading, well-populated information, album artwork. You just have to work a little more to do it, but you should already be used to that as you’re not using an iPod.