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dBpoweramp Codec Central: Windows Media Audio


Description

Windows Media Audio encompasses multiple codecs into one:
  • Windows Media Audio Lossless
  • Windows Media Audio (a lossy codec)
  • Windows Media Audio Professional  (lossy higher quality than standard)
  • Windows Media Audio Voice
  • ACLEP.net  (low bit rate, voice optimized)
Different versions of WMA are confusing to say the least, not least because they do not go up in consecutive version numbers. Windows Media Audio v2 was the first, then v4, v7, v8, v9, v9.1 (and v9 PRO), v9.2 and v10 PRO.

Windows Media Audio 9.2  (not voice, lossless or professional) is backwards compatible with all playback devices. Newer lossless, voice and professional require new decoders (very few portable players will play these).



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Windows Media Audio 10 Pro Release 8   for Windows 8, 7, Vista          32 & 64 bit codecs included

Windows Media Audio 10 Pro Release 8   for Windows XP (not 64 bit compatible)