While it could vaguely be considered system/application news, Nintendo announced a new version of “Photo Channel”, will be released in December. For those that own a Wii, Photo Channel is that icon that is mostly ignored, right next to “Wii Shop Channel”.
The update includes the comment that they’ll be dropping MP3 support for AAC support, and it has a few Nintendo users a little upset. The rumor was that the change was brought about due to licensing costs for the MP3 codec, but nobody knows for sure.
I’m one of the few people I know that’s made the switch from MP3s into AAC files, and burn CDs directly into AAC. I didn’t gain anything in quality from the MP3 to AAC conversion, but there was a slight savings in hard drive space. I still have my music, and it can still be played on the iPod, the Zune, or other players put out by Creative, SanDisk, Sony, etc, etc.
So my question is, is the MP3 file format really more popular than AAC; or does it only appear to be more popular because the term MP3 is slowly becoming a lost trademark in the same vein of Xerox and Coke?
AAC is superior to MP3, since it is the successor format; but do people actually use the extended features? Or is this a case where Betamax is technically superior, but for some reasons the markets prefer VHS?