Test of Real’s new Harmony Technology works with Apple’s iPod

“To test Real’s new Harmony Technology, I downloaded RealPlayer 10.5 Beta, logged onto the RealPlayer Music Store, purchased a track, connected my iPod, configured RealPlayer to use the iPod, and then transferred the song–originally a 192 Kbps AAC file protected by Real’s DRM–to the iPod. Voila! It works,” Paul Thurrott reports for Paul Thurrott’s Internet Nexus.

“Curious about the file that’s on the iPod, I looked at it under the Windows version of iTunes. According to iTunes, the song was a 192 Kbps Protected AAC song utilizing FairPlay version 1. Thus, it’s pretty clear that RealNetworks has, in fact, reverse engineered Apple’s FairPlay scheme,” Thurrott reports.

Thurrott has posted a screenshot of the file’s info complete with the cartoon-like Windows XP default UI in all of its glory in his full article here.


  1. Is there any significance to the fact Paul T chose “Out of Touch” as his test download? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Apple’s lawyers are going to have a field day with this. Especially since there is now precedent for Apple to license FairPlay, thanks to the Motorola announcement. Real should get shut down relatively quickly on this one.

    Bizarro Jeff

  3. Is anyone even the least bit surprised that Thurott picked a Hall & Oats song to test this with? I wonder when his article about which music store is best to get Air Supply’s collected works will come out.

  4. Since the iPod has an OS and a file system they probably just figured out how to have Real’s DRM called. Maybe the iPod OS looks up DRM schemes in a hierarchy like the way OS X uses frameworks and plug-ins.

    But nevermind all that. Is that big turd next to Bugs Bunny PT ?

  5. That’s awesome. it will only mean Apple will sell more iPods. Why should Apple sue them. Apple has a better store and the best MP3 player. REAL is only bringing more customers to Apple.

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