Friday, July 12, 2013

What Music and Video Formats are supported on Windows Phone 8?

Nokia Lumia Music and Video Formats

You just bought a new Nokia Lumia (920, 925, 928, 1020, 520, 521, 620, 720, 820, 822) or any other Windows Phone 8 based smartphone from HTC or Samsung and you don't know what music and video files you can play on the phone. Here is the list of supported media (music + video) formats that are available for Windows Phone 8.

Your windows phone supports a number of popular audio and video file formats, such as MP3, MPEG-4, Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Windows Media Video (WMV). While transferring any unsupported media from your PC to your phone, it tries to convert the media to a compatible format.

Red Nokia Lumia 920
As per Microsoft, following are the codecs and respective containers that are allowed on Windows phone.

Only unprotected (non-FairPlay DRM) files are supported.
MP4, M4V
MPEG-4 Part 2
MP4, M4V
All variations except for WMA Lossless are supported.
WMV (VC-1)
Note: The table is applicable for default music application on Windows phone. Some of the non-Microsoft apps might support more or different music and video formats also.

There are many converters which you can use to convert media to make it playable on your Windows phones. We will cover these converters in a separate post so keep visiting to get more updates for your Windows phones.


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