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And hope of future WMA support?

by Cweord / September 6, 2010 12:37 AM PDT

I have a nice Shiney new LE40C650, and a network hook up, Video works fine but my entire music collection is WMA, and I have no intention to move back to the larger mp3 format.

I have been thinking of getting a Samsung surround sound system to go with it - but if I will still not be able to access my music I'll find another manufacturer that give wider options.

Is it too much to ask that manufactures support modern widely used formats as well as the older mp3, A large chunk of the population uses m4a or wma these days - and I don't want to have to keep multiple formats (my car stereo was chosen because it supported wma, and when I purchased it I thought the TV did too).

Can anyone give any hope, or advice (either on a nice Samsung product or an alternative)


Thanks

Cweord

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Can you say proprietary?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2010 1:56 AM PDT

WMA in players is much like the saying "bag of hurt" as it's owned by some company and to make matters more fun may have DRM restrictions. This means that a lot of code and agreements have to be exchanged if you want it on your device.

Let's see what Samsung says but my crystal ball shows storm clouds.
Bob

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But they do it already
by Cweord / September 15, 2010 6:32 PM PDT

If Kenwood can manage it for an in car player, I don't see why a much larger player like Samsung shouldn't be able too. They do on other devices (my Galaxy S runs it fine, over allShare)

WMA has a DRM and a Non DRM option, so it could just run the DRM free version . . .

But then, either they haven't noticed the post - of are just quietly ignoring it.

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But they do it already
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / September 16, 2010 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: But they do it already

Cweord,

I wasn't ignoring the thread. There are certain formats that are supported for music playback. WMA is supported for some video codecs, and unfortunately, not for audio playback.

I don't have the answer to how included codec decisions are made, but I'll be happy to pass your comments to the appropriate department.

--HDTech

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