BBC revises article, clarifies where music downloaded from the iTunes store can be played

Yesterday, we reported on a report from Jonathan Fildes for BBC News that incorrectly stated:

Apple uses its own DRM system known as FairPlay, which means music downloaded from the iTunes store can be played only on iPods.

This morning, the BBC News Interactive’s Technology editor, Darren Waters, informed us that the article has now been revised to read:

Apple uses its own DRM system known as FairPlay, which means music downloaded from the iTunes store can be played on computers running iTunes that have been authorised by the consumer and only one portable device, iPods. Users can copy downloaded songs to a CD and then copy the disc back on to the computer so that the songs can then be moved to other portable devices – but the quality of the music is affected.

Full, revised article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now, that’s much closer to the facts* and BBC readers, who might not be nearly as familiar as MacDailyNews readers with how Apple’s iTunes Store works, now have a much better information. Thanks for the rapid fix, Beeb!

*iTunes Store songs also play on iTunes-enabled Motorola phones, but we won’t quibble about that bit.

Related article:
BBC reporter blows it, says ‘music downloaded from the iTunes store can be played only on iPods’ – February 07, 2007


  1. BBC Technology, especially that twit Mark Ward (who practically masturbated over Vista during the 24hr BBC coverage) is a perfect example of what is wrong with a once great corporation.

    Shame on the BBC for promoting a crap OS.

  2. Okay, chalk up a victory for MDN. But I don’t think the BBC should have caved so easily. The point it was trying to make was that the iPod is the only portable music player that will play music in the iTunes Store’s native file format – a point that still stands.

  3. Nice.
    I sent them a polite e-mail yesterday asking for a clarification.
    I’m glad they responded. That’s pretty rare for a news outlet. Many of them are just hit whores. I won’t mention names but one of them rhymes with “Dborak”.

  4. I’d like to personally thank Mr. Waters for assisting in this clarification. He and I had discussed the BBC’s penchant for mischaracterization of Apple on another website and in regard to a speculative BBC headline and article that he himself had authored last year concerning Apple’s reputation.

    Thank you again Mr. Waters. Sincerely.


  5. Come on everybody.
    The beeb isn’t all that bad. at least Robert Peston, BBC’s business editor, openly pretty much said Vista is crap and admitted he should have got a Mac.

    Just want to make sure we are not going to get that whole silly anti Brit thing going again. You Americans got your independance from us limeys long ago so lets be civil please ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    By the way. Speaking of here in Britain. I have noticed tons and tons of small “Get a Mac” posters in prime position on bus shelters on main roads. Angled so you can’t miss them. In Stoke on Trent there was one on every bus shelter on one of the biggest main roads I went down.

    Mitchell and Webb have never been so famous.

    Nice one Apple…

    Mark Rogers and his team at Apple UK have never been so busy.
    Well done guys!!!

  6. Well, listen up Buckwheat ..

    On another website, I directly confronted Darren Waters on this very same misrepresentation that you are implying that I don’t have any idea about. I was the only one to do so, too.

    In this particular circumstance, Darren Waters has done the right thing and has edited the article to reflect a greater degree of accuracy.

    I stand firm in expressing my thanks to him.

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