Have you been such a nerdledink ALL of your life, or is it a recent development?Originally Posted by cyberzomby
Of course MP3 playback was not the major reason why people bought the Wii. MP3 playback, photo display, web browsing, gamecube backward compatibility, Wii gen gaming, Virtual Console, price, built-in wifi, and motion sensing controls were just some of the reasons.
Only a simpleton would even think that someone bought the Wii primarily for its MP3 playback capabilities. But it is a capability nonetheless.
Different people place different emphasis on the different capabilities. MP3 playback is a nice feature and it would be a shame to lose it.
The most likely reason for the removal of MP3 playback is that MP3 is licensed royalty-bearing technology and AAC is not. It would not surprise me that when Nintendo negotiated MP3 support, it was based on a certain number of units... which has probably far exceeded their projections.