David Zeiler, of The Baltimore Sun, offers some suggestions for combating so-called iTunes piracy where some users use third-party utilities and applications to stream and download music (MP3’s) via iTunes 4.
– Eliminate the sharing feature altogether from iTunes, in both the Windows version and the next Mac version. As this option doesn’t fit with Apple’s user-friendly philosophy, it’s not likely.
– Eliminate all formats but AAC from iTunes. This drastic solution also is unlikely, as it would inconvenience all iTunes users, whether they were sharing or not.
– Create a Windows version with no sharing feature while concocting a way to limit sharing on Macs to the originally intended local networks. This retains a “Mac advantage” along with addressing the downloading issue among Mac users.
– Have iTunes force-quit the hacker software when it detects unauthorized streaming and downloading. Makers of the screen-capture utility Snapz Pro X discovered recently that taking a screen shot of iTunes 4 caused the utility to quit, so the tactic is feasible.
– Apple should extend the 30-second streaming previews currently available from the Music Store to full-song previews, perhaps by adding a full-streaming subscription option for, say, $5 or $10 a month for those who desire full previews.
Full article here.