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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lemur2 Member since:

iOS is not falling behind at all.

Yes it is. There are a growing number of things I can do on an Android tablet/phone that cannot be done on an iPad/iPhone. Rendering VP8 & vorbis (and hence webm) is just one of them. For example, I can enable repositories other than Google Play if I want to, and I can thereby choose apps to install that do not incur a levy going to the authors of the operating system.

Apple have chosen not to support hundreds of codecs just for the sake of it.

How nice for Apple. How disenfranchising, dis-empowering and cost-incurring for consumers.

You make my point for me.

Edited 2013-03-25 08:38 UTC

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lustyd Member since:

I think you're missing the point - you are in the tiny tiny minority who even know, let alone care that your device can do those things.

Apple don't just take a cut by the way, that money is used to benefit the developers by including their apps in advertising, and by keeping the overall quality within the App Store high. I have both Android and Apple devices, and the App Store is streets ahead of any of the Android based ones.

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