Real demands Apple open the iPod
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

(Thanks to the folks at “EFF”:http://www.eff.org for this one – they still do something besides cry about USA/PATRIOT)

“The CEO”:http://news.com.com/2100-1025-5177914.html “REALNetworks”:http://www.real.com has demanded that “Apple”:http://www.apple.com open their “iPod”:http://www.apple.com/ipod to competing formats. “Apple’s (market) share will go down if they continue to do this. The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes,” Glaser said

Or to use .mp3’s, or non-protected .aac files…

In any case, this could be a gasp from a dying company, much like Netscape’s suits against Microsoft over MSIE. Real’s been losing market share to WMP and “iTunes”:http://www.apple.com/itunes for the last couple of years, in no small part due to “deceptive marketing”:http://jogin.com/weblog/archives/000504/ practices on Real’s part.

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2 Responses to “Real demands Apple open the iPod”

Comment from Jank
Time March 25, 2004 at 4:01 pm

File under Jank Scoops Wired:

“RealNetworks will definitely be affected by this,” said David Card, an analyst with Jupiter Research. “Some of their subscribers who signed on because of baseball won’t come back.”

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The downside is that it looks like Microsoft may start pulling $10/month from me during baseball season…

Comment from christian
Time March 25, 2004 at 6:23 pm

I’m no expert, but I’d say the lack of non-iPod MP3 players support in the Windows version of iTunes is a bigger issue that the iPod’s lack of compatibility with other encrypted (ok, DRM) audio file types. Of course, I may biased because I have a Nomad Jukebox.

Then again, it could only be a matter of time for iTunes…I think the Mac version already support non iPods.

As for Real…here’s a post from a couple month ago that review’s Real’s new player. I want nothing to do with installing it.

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