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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

BBC - The BBC's Audio Factory goes live today, bringing with it the end of streaming audio over Windows Media.

The broadcaster flagged the demise of Windows Media last year, when it also announced Audio Factory, a streaming tool delivering audio in the AAC codec over http. Audio Factory aims to standardise Auntie's audio delivery practices and infrastructure.

As of today, the Beeb says Audio Factory will carry “11 national services, six Nations services and 40 local radio stations”.

“Before Audio Factory,” writes senior product manager Jim Simmons, “BBC internet audio streams were provided by different systems and suppliers. All of these disparate systems have reached their end of life. The hardware is, in some cases literally, rusting, and the software that is running the encoding is no longer supported by the companies that wrote it.”