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Apple doesn't allow the playback of WMA because then the iTune Music Store wouldn't drive iPod sales as effectively.

I am sure that the chip can decode all three codecs, but it would more than likely require a firmware hack to get the iPod to play WMAs, not to mention some new software to load the files in the way the iPod likes them.
 

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It's a convenient "back pocket" thing for Apple
 

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Of course there's the matter of the royalties due to Microsoft if Apple enabled WMA.

Based on 1st Quater 2004 sales of 733,000 iPods, that would be a nice cheque for more than $100,000 in that quarter alone.

Mercifully that figure is kept down because Microsoft caps the software licenses at $20,000.00 per year (I license for the iPod's software, I for enabling playback in iTunes for Macintosh; it's free to enable it for any Windows software so enabling WMA 2-channel audio in iTunes for Windows would cost nothing).

The cap on enabling it in hardware doesn't kick in 'till you've given them $ 400,000.00 in a given year.
 

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What does it matter? Why would any iPod owner want to play WMA when AAC and even MP3 is so much better?! I don't see what the big deal is... anything microsoft in my eyes (and ears) is crap.
 
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