CBC & Microsoft

CBC & MicrosoftThe CBC has put a rather creative spin on changes they've made to their live radio streaming. If you were to believe their hype, one of several live CBC Radio streaming improvements is a decision to move to one standard media player for live streaming - Windows Media Player.

As of August 30, 2004, CBC.ca visitors who previously listened to live CBC Radio through Real Media or QuickTime players can still connect to our live radio streaming, but will need to use Windows Media Player to access the service. Download Windows Media Player 9.

Being able to stream live CBC radio is great for Canadians from coast to coast but this decision to force Windows Media Player down our collective throats sucks. It may be the most popular player but that's only because it's bundled with our OS which in itself is unfair. We all own the CBC and I hate seeing the CBC helping Microsoft in its pursuit of a monopoly. We want choice, particularly non-Microsoft options. I should be able to listen to CBC radio without requiring big fat Windows Media Player. This is dissapointing to say the least.

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