Windows Phone 7 audio & media codecs

File this under "old, but we missed it" and since s2gordon asked about them in comments yesterday, figured we'd answer...

We're going to leave this to you folks to determine if this list of officially supported audio and video codecs in Windows Phone 7 is a good thing/bad thing, since to be honest we're not aficionados in that area.

Our off-the-cuff first take? It's basic and expected. Nothing extraordinary. 

Full list of WP7 codecs after the break.

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Codec TypeDecoder SupportContainer
AudioWMA LosslessASF (WMA)
AudioWMA Standard v9ASF (WMA)
AudioAAC-LC (Low Complexity)3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4A
AudioHE-AAC v1 (AAC+)3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4A
AudioHE-AAC v2 (eAAC+)3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4A
AudioAdaptive Multi-Rate Narrow Band (AMR-NB)3GP, 3G2, MP4
AudioAdaptive Multi-Rate ide Band (AMR-WB)3GP, 3G2, MP4
AudioQcelp3GP, 3G2, MP4
VideoWMV (VC-1) - Simple ProfileASF (WMV)
VideoWMV (VC-1) - Main ProfileASF (WMV)
VideoWMV (VC-1) - Advanced ProfileASF (WMV)
VideoWMV v9ASF (WMV)
VideoMPEG-4 Part 2 - Simple Profile3GP, 3G2, MP4, AVI
VideoMPEG-4 Part 2 – Advanced Simple ProfileAVI, MP4
VideoDivX 4.x/5.x/6.xAVI
VideoMPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264) - Baseline Profile3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V
VideoMPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264) - Main Profile3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V
VideoMPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264) - High Profile3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V
VideoH.2633GP, 3G2
ImagesGIF (both GIF87a and GIF89a)GIF

[Don's Blog via Midnight Programmer]

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.