Unfortunately Apple refuses to support the popular Windows Media format on the iPod, choosing to only support their own proprietary DRM formatIf you are an iPod owner and are unhappy about this, please向Apple发送反馈and ask them to change their policy and interoperate with other music services.
有超过70个便携式音频设备that support MSN Music today, and we hope that someday Apple decides to join with the industry and support consumer choice.
First, the Windows Media format is described as “popular”, but Apple’s “own format” (apparently AAC/FairPlay is that-which-shall-not-be-named in Redmond) is a “proprietary DRM” formatThe truth is that all three words — popular, proprietary, and DRM — apply to both formatsBut the only one they choose for themselves — “popular” — is the least apt for Windows Media, given that Apple’s AAC/FairPlay has 70 percent market share.
(Admittedly, there are millions of unprotected Windows Media audio files out there, and the iPod doesn’t play those either — but this FAQ is about the DRM-protected music you can buy from MSN Music, not Windows Media in general.)
There are more than 70 portable audio devices that depend on technology licensed and controlled by Microsoft today, and we hope that someday Apple gives up on their own market-leading technology, bends over, and uses ours.
The “consumer choice” championed by Microsoft involves no choice at all regarding:
Yesterday, this same page in the MSN Music help — regarding using MSN Music files with an iPod — had a completely different answerIt stated, in its entirety:
Although Apple computers and Apple iPods do not support the PC standard WindowsMedia [SIC] format for music, it is still possible to transfer MSN Music downloads to an iPod, but it will require some extra effortTo transfer MSN-downloaded music to an iPod, you need to firstcreate a CD with the music，然后你需要将该CD导入iTunesThis process will convert the music into a format that can play on the iPod. We’re sorry that this isn’t easier - unfortunately Apple refuses to allow other companies to integrate with the iPod’s proprietary music format. If you are an iPod owner already and unhappy about this policy, you are welcome to向Apple发送反馈requesting that they change their interoperability policy.
It’s impossible to truly verify claims that a web page has been revised, but for what it’s worth,这是一个截图从昨天And if you don’t believe me,here’s Paul Thurrott quoting from the same page(right below a post in which he zings me (fairly) for yesterday’s off-base crack about Microsoft’s choice of Tuesday as the day of the week for announcing new music).
What’s curious about this modification is that this original answer was genuinely helpful — by following the above instructions, one can play music purchased from MSN on an iPodBut this truth is in contradiction to the talking points that the iPod is “incompatible” and “proprietary”.
It’s not as though this original answer was without spin: WindowsMedia [SIC]被描述为“PC标准......音乐格式”But it’s no more or less standard than AAC/FairPlay, unless you subscribe to the school of thought that standards are whatever Microsoft says are standardsApple’s format is described with the pejorative “proprietary”, but AAC/FairPlay is no more or less proprietary than Windows MediaPlus, the claim that “Apple refuses to allow other companies to integrate with the iPod’s proprietary music format” is demonstrably false惠普现在销售iPod硬件;Audible.comhas partnered with Apple to sell protected audio content for iPods.
But still, at least this original answer actually answered the question. Help pages are more useful when they’re helpful, rather than spiteful.