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Bill Gates should lick my cornhole.

I've been busy converting all my music files from WMA to MP3 formats, to use with my soon to be arriving brand spanking new 20 gig iPod. (Yay!) Damn is this task gonna take forever.

Funny thing I've noticed... I played around with the settings, converted a few sample songs, compared the sounds, and the newly converted files sounded fine to me. So, I started up the batch conversion process, and instructed the program to get rid of the old WMA files when done.

Imagine my surprise when I started up a few other songs that were newly converted, and it sounded like shit! I mean, really bad! Sounded like someone recorded them on a 4-track back in their parent's garage. Well, you certainly envision how yours truly was frieked... I mean, that's my music you're talking about here!

I tested a few others, and then started up a different MP3 player. And, what'ya know? I had been using Windows Media Player for all my music playing. I booted up my Toshiba Media Player that came installed when I bought Corwin (my 'puter), and the files sounded much, much better.

Could it really be that Microsuck programed Windows Media Player to play back MP3s that poorly, to convince people to use WMAs? And then I thought, duh... of course they did.

Am I crazy here? Has anyone else experienced this? *shakes my fist at Mr. Bill*


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Mar. 11th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't experienced that directly, but I wouldn't put it past them.

Back before Windows in the days of MS-DOS, there was a competitor to Microsoft called DR-DOS. When Microsoft built Win3.1, they included code to check if you were running DR-DOS as a base, and give you the blue screen of death if you were. They claimed this was a diagnostic feature, to make sure the base OS was OK during internal testing. And it "accidentally" shipped with the retail version, of course destroying the other company. Funny how these "accidents" seem to work in their favor.
Mar. 11th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
And that's only the first of Bill Gates' "strategic software manuevers".

*rolls eyes*

I swear, my boy is more right every day. He's totally convinced that Linux is the way to go...and I'm beginning to follow that conviction.

At any rate, I use Winamp. Exclusively. Just to *not* use media player.
Mar. 12th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
It's not just Linux that's better -- it's pretty much any non-MS environment at this point. (I'm a fan of Mac OS X, which is BSD U*nx underneath.)
Mar. 12th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
To be even more precise with this.
Billy boy lost in court and had to pay 10 million in restitution however by the time the case got to court Dr-DOS and the other DOS's That were damaged financialy by the FUD of that POP up message were preety much out of business.

He paid 10 mill for a 10 billion dollar market not bad economics.

Actually Windows media player actually just sucks its not the best in its codecs.
On the other hand bill has embraced the opensource MP3 format known as
OGG VORBIS any day now he should be re-writitng it so he can patent the fork and take it over
Mar. 11th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
iTunes is a great app for this. It wil come with you iPod.
Mar. 12th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
Musicmatch jukebox pro does a great job on WMA and MP3's, plus it does a good, fast job of ripping in a variety of formats. A great alternative to M$'s media player.
Mar. 12th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
That is actually true. I wish I had still had the link to the Register.com article. But yeah, it's a "feature".
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