The Motley Fool: Real’s Harmony ‘is a slap in the face for Apple’

“Harmony is just a slap in the face for Apple. Current iTunes Music Store (iTMS) customers will have no strong incentive to switch stores. Rhapsody will also face an uphill battle in trying to win over new iPod users, especially when access to the iTMS comes conveniently packaged with the iPod. For all its controversy, Harmony does not hit Apple where it hurts — it does not enable iPod clones to play iTMS songs,” Tim Goh writes for The Motley Fool.

“However, Apple will still be upset by this move. If it had intended for the iPod and iTMS to be unlocked, it would have done so earlier, on its own terms. RealNetworks has forced Apple’s hand early, and Apple will probably seek to stop RealNetworks by either legal or technological means. The latter is easily implemented. Apple can simply issue a firmware upgrade that doesn’t allow Harmony to be downloaded when a user fires up iTunes, and Harmony would become merely background noise,” Goh writes.

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30 Comments

  1. “as is usually the case… others will follow suit.

    question is… will windoze users install the firmware upgrade… or simply leave iTMS?”

    I doubt they’d leave the iTMS.

  2. Mutherlode!

    You stop acting like a fool before I come over there and snatch you bald.

    I’m the origian first poster. I posted you onto this planet, and I can take you out.

    Do be messin’ with me!

    Love

    Mom

  3. ugh…. anyway.. it’s nice to see the press acknowledging that this is not some technological feat: cracking software is inevitable if you have enough programmers, and time.

    Real’s solution does nothing but piss off Apple.

    Way back when Rob Glaser was emailing Steve love letters, someone said this guy has no business acumen whatsoever.

    Look at this scenario… Real has NO LEVERAGE. Instead of thinking of a way that they can give Apple something it wants, they give up and try to rip off Apple’s pathway to the almighty iPod.

    While Real will insist it is within its legal right, why did they not think Apple could kill Harmony with technological workarounds (iPod Update etc.)

    Eventually the Harmony users will be so pissed at the downtime, while Real tries to crack each new iPod Update adjustment, they will just get pissed and a)throw they ipod on the ground and smash it to bits (ahem… these would be PC users who are used to this frustration.. no self-respecting Mac user would use the Real Store) b)Switch back to the iTunes store.

    It sickens me that Real is ready to take responsibility for the oncoming agony of .. ahem.. tens of thousands of it’s customers.

    Maybe a propoganda leaflet slipped into iPod packages.. describing the Harmony situation..” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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