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Why do people use WMA? How does it compare to other codecs? etc., [split from “Windows Media Player 12 VBR Codec?”, thread 99192]
eahm
post Jan 31 2013, 18:44
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Pardon my ignorance and please, this is a real question: why people use WMA? I've hear many people using it and I didn't used once.
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post Jan 31 2013, 19:05
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Pardon my ignorance and please, this is a real question: why people use WMA? I've hear many people using it and I didn't used once.

Most of the time people use it because it is the default codec on whatever platform/software they are using. If you take a serious look at it compared to other codecs then you will probably not choose it.
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post Jan 31 2013, 19:15
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QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 12:44) *
Pardon my ignorance and please, this is a real question: why people use WMA? I've hear many people using it and I didn't used once.

Most of the time people use it because it is the default codec on whatever platform/software they are using. If you take a serious look at it compared to other codecs then you will probably not choose it.

Most people would probably want to take a serious listen as well, before they decide. It isn't well-liked around here for some reason, but I know alot of people who seem to get a lot of enjoyment from their portable music, even though it's ripped with WMA.
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post Jan 31 2013, 20:40
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QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 12:44) *
Pardon my ignorance and please, this is a real question: why people use WMA? I've hear many people using it and I didn't used once.

Most of the time people use it because it is the default codec on whatever platform/software they are using. If you take a serious look at it compared to other codecs then you will probably not choose it.

Most people would probably want to take a serious listen as well, before they decide. It isn't well-liked around here for some reason, but I know alot of people who seem to get a lot of enjoyment from their portable music, even though it's ripped with WMA.


http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....c=98841&hl=

Man, WMA 9 sounds like Blade at 128 kbps. And a bad codec at medium bitrates is usually bad on higher as well. Windows Media Player has an untuned, old encoder and even Microsoft pretty much silently abandoned the format. I gave WMA a chance and my ears responded "no!".
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post Feb 1 2013, 04:22
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http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....c=98841&hl=

Man, WMA 9 sounds like Blade at 128 kbps. And a bad codec at medium bitrates is usually bad on higher as well. Windows Media Player has an untuned, old encoder and even Microsoft pretty much silently abandoned the format. I gave WMA a chance and my ears responded "no!".


I'm not trying to start a war here. You're entitled to your preference for a codec. But Stevie Wonder could probably ABX a 128 kbps lossy file against any lossless codec as well as you did.
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post Feb 2 2013, 19:28
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http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....c=98841&hl=

Man, WMA 9 sounds like Blade at 128 kbps. And a bad codec at medium bitrates is usually bad on higher as well. Windows Media Player has an untuned, old encoder and even Microsoft pretty much silently abandoned the format. I gave WMA a chance and my ears responded "no!".


I'm not trying to start a war here. You're entitled to your preference for a codec. But Stevie Wonder could probably ABX a 128 kbps lossy file against any lossless codec as well as you did.


If I had any attachment space left, I would upload those samples. WMA Standard at 128 kbps absolutely messes up the percussion on the songs I encoded and warbles like a faulty cassette tape. It is quite obvious, not a subtle difference. WMA Pro is quite good, but not supported by most devices supporting WMA Standard. And even WMA Pro is only comparable to Vorbis or AAC, it does not surpass them.
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- eahm   Why do people use WMA? How does it compare to other codecs? etc.   Jan 31 2013, 18:44
- - TheSeven   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 11:44) Pardon ...   Jan 31 2013, 18:56
|- - eahm   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 10:56) Why...   Jan 31 2013, 19:05
|- - mixminus1   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 10:56) It...   Jan 31 2013, 19:16
||- - TheSeven   QUOTE (mixminus1 @ Jan 31 2013, 12:16) QU...   Jan 31 2013, 19:21
||- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 19:21) Wel...   Jan 31 2013, 20:43
|- - DonP   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 12:56) Why...   Jan 31 2013, 19:50
||- - Banned   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 31 2013, 19:50) Over th...   Feb 2 2013, 08:27
||- - lvqcl   QUOTE (Banned @ Feb 2 2013, 11:27) FFmpeg...   Feb 2 2013, 09:58
||- - DonP   QUOTE (Banned @ Feb 2 2013, 02:27) FFmpeg...   Feb 2 2013, 15:31
||- - saratoga   QUOTE (DonP @ Feb 2 2013, 09:31) QUOTE (B...   Feb 3 2013, 19:51
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 17:56) Why...   Feb 2 2013, 18:01
- - pdq   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 12:44) Pardon ...   Jan 31 2013, 19:05
|- - TheSeven   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 31 2013, 12:05) QUOTE (e...   Jan 31 2013, 19:15
|- - db1989   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 18:15) Mos...   Jan 31 2013, 19:42
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 19:15) QUO...   Jan 31 2013, 20:40
|- - TheSeven   QUOTE http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index......   Feb 1 2013, 04:22
|- - Soap   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 22:22) But...   Feb 1 2013, 04:27
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 22:22) But...   Feb 1 2013, 07:20
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Feb 1 2013, 04:22) QUOT...   Feb 2 2013, 19:28
- - mixminus1   And what percentage of those "6 billion cell ...   Jan 31 2013, 20:03
- - Engelsstaub   I used to use WMA Lossless when I had a Zune. I ev...   Feb 1 2013, 05:36
- - greynol   It's about as well thought-out as choosing wma...   Feb 1 2013, 07:25
|- - Mach-X   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 1 2013, 01:25) It...   Feb 2 2013, 06:42
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 1 2013, 23:42) ....   Feb 2 2013, 07:13
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 2 2013, 00:42) A...   Feb 2 2013, 15:21
- - probedb   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 17:44) Pardon ...   Feb 1 2013, 12:51
- - JunkieXL   Nevermind. My response was stated above. I too s...   Feb 1 2013, 21:30
- - Porcus   I guess that WMA was part of Microsoft's futil...   Feb 2 2013, 05:17
- - Mach-X   I never accused him of loving apple. In fact, from...   Feb 2 2013, 07:52
- - greynol   My post was in reference to how incredibly stupid ...   Feb 2 2013, 08:24
- - Mach-X   Again, the OP asked a simple question 'why use...   Feb 2 2013, 09:05
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 2 2013, 09:05) A...   Feb 2 2013, 15:40
- - greynol   What belongs in this discussion is not for you to ...   Feb 2 2013, 09:13
- - Mach-X   Still trying to figure out how I posted in error. ...   Feb 2 2013, 10:13
- - greynol   I'm just happy to be getting all this attentio...   Feb 2 2013, 10:23
- - IgorC   Almost nobody uses WMA here as the poll indicates ...   Feb 2 2013, 19:40
|- - Porcus   Not sure if hydrogenaudio users are representative...   Feb 3 2013, 01:00
- - mavere   WMA just got two full pages of people on HydrogenA...   Feb 3 2013, 04:13
- - frozenspeed   QUOTE (mavere @ Feb 2 2013, 20:13) WMA ju...   Feb 3 2013, 15:38
- - db1989   QUOTE (mavere @ Feb 3 2013, 03:13) WMA ju...   Feb 3 2013, 19:10


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