Originally Posted by jmmesch
Great informative answer-thank you. I especially love the "the MP3 limitation is taking place at either the Yamaha Music Server or at vTuner or both (and I have my suspicians why" comment. Can I guess this has something to do with MS or other licensing fees? If you don't want to say what these suspicions are, that is OK, too.
No, it's not that I have inside info, it's just speculation on my part. My guess is two reasons including licensing, but not cuz of MS.
1. vTuner's entire business is licensing it's internet feeds (Internet Radio & PodCasts) to hardware devices (i.e. electronics mfr's like Pio and Yamaha). My guess is that vTuner charges for the amount of content you wish to purchase and provide to your customers. So it's probably $$$ for MP3's, $$$ for WMA's, $$$ for PodCasts, and $$$$$$$ for all of the feeds. So I'm betting Yamaha didn't want to pony up the cash, but for a reason.....
2. In addition to the $$$ I'm further speculating that Yamaha is WELL aware of it's limitations with networking/internet radio/usb (slow, klunky, sloppy interface) and probably figured that by doubling the Internet Radio feeds by including WMA's would only make Internet Radio usage that much more clumsy, klunky and slower. So keep the feeds limited to MP3 for functionality reasons while saving some $$$$ at the same time.
There are three places where Yamaha could restrict WMA's through Internet Radio:
1. The AVR itself: but I doubt this as the same RJ45 port, cable and network are the very same that can stream WMA's from a networked computer without issue.
2. Yamaha Music Server
My guess is 2 or 3 or both.
This is ALL purely speculation, just a guess, but it seems to make the most sense to me.