Jon ably clarifies what the AAC format is and is not, as well as responding directly to severely of Apple’s critics. The misconceptions about AAC also drive me crazy. Sure, Apple is probably the biggest licenser of AAC, which does tend to skew the common perception, but there is nothing stopping anyone else for licensing it, other than the cost per unit. And as Jon points out, and others have recently, while Apple may be the biggest, they are not the sole licenser by any stretch.
Ogg Vorbis is a totally open format.
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