Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 09:56 UTC
In the News If you don't live in the US, this is a pretty common source of irritation: US companies charging crazy markups on products sold in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the rest of the world. The Australian government has had enough of this practice, and started an inquiry into the matter. Yesterday (or today? Timezones confuse me) Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe had to answer questions in a public hearing.
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iOS is not falling behind at all. Apple have chosen not to support hundreds of codecs just for the sake of it. ITunes will recode anything you want on the device into a standard format so the ability of the device to playback oddball files makes no difference. Yes, there may be quite a few of these files around, but those numbers are completely dwarfed by the MP3, MPEG2 and MPEG4 numbers which everyone who isn't a Linux nerd has standardised on, making the numbers you're talking about considerably less than 1% or the total. I'm unaware of any store selling legal vorbis tracks, or any source of legal VP8 movies - I'm talking about studio created content here rather than people in their bedrooms setting up shop.

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