RealNetworks Breaks Into The iPod

from the reverse-engineer-this! dept

We’ve been complaining for a while now about how every single online music store that opens seems to come with its own format and its own DRM to make the music mostly useless for anyone who wants to actually listen to it. It looks like RealNetworks is looking to solve that issue by reverse engineering their way around any obstacles. The latest move is to figure out a way to reverse engineer (they claim it’s not actually reverse engineering, but that will likely be for the courts to sort out) Apple’s FairPlay technology, which Apple refuses to license. The question that everyone has now, is how long it will take Apple to sue RealNetworks for daring to make their iPods even more useful without first paying Apple.

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