CNET readers discuss who’s right in Apple iPod, Real ‘Harmony’ flap

“RealNetworks created a dilemma for Apple Computer fans when it ‘reverse engineered’ Apple’s iPod digital music player, putting two of the tech community’s most passionate loves–for Apple and interoperability–at loggerheads,” Margaret Kane writes for CNET News. “CNET asked, which side wins out?”

“The responses came down fairly heavily on Apple’s side, although it was hard to tell whether that reflected agreement with the Mac maker’s argument or general favor for the company,” Kane writes.

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  1. Apple should just chill out. Real Player bent Steve over and showed him what “reverse-engineering” really means! That’s what corporate America is all about. You have to be sick and demented to play at that level. Steve wants to play with the big boys, he’d better have his chastity belt ready. That’s all I’m saying. Peace out.

  2. I like Jump’s responce “I’m curious how Real would react if Apple reverse engineered the Real Player so Quicktime could play all Real content?” How would Real feel?

  3. I’m amazed that someone beat Microsoft to the punch on reverse engineering. Apple should ride it out, Real is grabbing for anything to stay in the game but lets face it, their product sucks!

    “The day Microsoft makes something that doesn’t suck is the day they start making vacuum cleaners.”

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