“Apple has made good its pledge to prevent iPods from playing songs downloaded from Real Networks’ Rhapsody online music store,” Tony Smith writes for The Register. “But the discovery, reported on a variety of online news sites, has left users puzzled: just when did Apple make the change?”
“Apple last issued an iPod update on 15 November, but only changed the firmware on two models: the latest, fourth-generation iPod and the iPod Mini. Older models were previously updated on 20 October, just ahead of the release of iTunes 4.7. That would seem the most likely time at which Apple introduced its ‘disharmony’ code,” Smith writes. “That’s bad news for Real – partly because the move limits the company’s ability to sell to iPod owners, but mostly because no one has noticed until now, almost a month and a half later. That suggests that Real’s iPod-owning customer base is rather smaller than it would like.”
“Real said its remains ‘fully committed to providing consumers with the freedom to use the music libraries they purchase from us on different portable audio devices they acquire, both now and in the future,’ so the prospect remains that it will modify its own code to cope with Apple’s changes if possible,” Smith writes.
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple disabled Real’s “Harmony” and nobody even noticed for a month and a half! On the day Apple’s firmware was released, you’d think that at least RealNetworks’ corpulent CEO, Rob Glaser, would’ve set down the Krispy Kreme’s for just a moment to scribble a press release decrying Apple’s affront to “music freedom” and bemoaning the crippling of his parasitic and desperate “Harmony” hack. One question remains, of course: if a third-rate multimedia company’s DRM hack fails and nobody’s listening, does it make a sound?
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