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If they're going to do this, they should still not support AAC in html5 audio tags, even if they support it in video tags when bundled with H.264.

With MP3 and Vorbis (with Opus a potential new entrant) you already have wide compatibility (everyone that supports AAC supports mp3 too) and top quality covered and mp3 patents expire a lot sooner than AAC. Ubuntu also has a free (as in beer) mp3 decoder available.

I'm all for pragmatism, but there's still utility and principle in avoiding unnecessary reliance on patented codecs where possible.




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