Now comes word, according to a CNET report, that MS will include limited MP3 support, then charge extra for "add-on packs" to allow for MP3 encoding and DVD playback. Users will be able to rip and encode WMA files with WinXP's built-in tools. MS might yet be making these moves to steer the market in a certain direction, but the CNET report raises another very good reason: the company would have to pay licenesing fees to include MP3 encoding and DVD support. Maybe they just wanted to avoid paying up.
Whatever the case, I'm still just gonna download WinAmp to play music.