MP3 strikes, you’re out

Reading the writing on the iPod, Sony is finally going to support MP3 on its portable music players, shifting from using its own proprietray and sucky ATRAC format to one that people actually use.
Like Microsoft, Sony has long resisted using the MP3 format because it’s popular, and simple, and it makes it easy to move files between various devices. ATRAC forced users to go through convoluted file-shifting accounting and locked music onto machines to protect copyright–something Sony Music would dearly love to do.
Microsoft also recently began offering MP3 support native on its Windows Media Player 10, Previously, you had to buy a plug-in for around $10 to burn MP3’s from your own CDs.
Apple, meanwhile, laughs and laughs and laughs, pointing fingers and raising eyebrows and then laughing some more.

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