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Thursday, April 29, 2004

This from the SeattlePI.  It seems that RealNetworks is trying to liscense the WMA codec so that their Rhapsody music service offerings can be played on portable media players.  First they tried to deal with Apple and Jobs said no, so now Microsoft.  I think it's funny because Real is in the process of suing Microsoft for using their "monopolistic powers" to unfairly give them an advantage with Windows Media.  It seems everyone is willing to come to the dark side these days.  First Sun and now Real.  Maybe those two should have joined with the Gnome and Mozilla guys to fight against this.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Microsoft's stuff is everywhere and it just works.  All of these companies are the same companies who tried to destroy Microsoft a few years back.  Where would they be now then?  There would be 20 different audio formats that you needed 20 different portable media players to use and no one would buy them.  Microsoft may behave badly but they get standardization across one single theme pretty well. I suppose next the DOJ is going to jump in bed with them.
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