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Apple Toadies to the RIAA

The key section of Cory Doctorow's post on Apple crippling the iPod, one tiny feature at a time:

Apple to iPod owners: "Eat shit and die"
Apple just devoted some expensive engineering hours to updating iTunes to version 4.7, with the "improvement" of breaking iPod Download. That's right -- Apple's spending money seeing to it that features are removed from your iPod. Thanks a whole lot, Apple.
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What's the lesson here? Well, Apple's not on your side, even if you're an Apple customer. If you buy into a proprietary platform where the music industry gets a veto, you're scr0d. Every time you buy an iPod, you are financing legal and technical countermeasures aimed at taking away legitimate features that enable you to do more with your lawfully acquired music and hardware.


It's outrageous that a software company of Apple's generally consumer-oriented reputation would treat its customers like this. I bought a Rio Karma instead of an iPod for a number of reasons (longer battery life, open source support, WMA support, lower price for larger hard drive). I'm more pleased than ever I didn't walk down the iPod path.

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mysticalforest
Oct. 30th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
I don't see the problem and it's far from outrageous in any case. That's hyperbole.

He's complaining about third-party software not working any more — that's entirely different than Apple removing features from the iPod. A hack is not a feature.

So Apple cut off a hack? Oh, boo hoo. I'm an extremely heavy user of my iPod and I've never, ever, heard of the hack he's referring to. I put new stuff on it and take stuff off of it all the time.

Add to the mix the irony of calling a hack "legitimate."

Mountain/mole hill and other clichés apply.
the_monkey_king
Oct. 30th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
Apple's always had a problem with third-party software providers. This is the continuation of that trend onto the iPod. It's unfortunate, because the iPod's rabid fan base and legions of small software companies WANT to help the iPod with more features, add-on accessories, software, etc. Crippling third-party software is incredibly dumb, and insulting to your customers.

Apparently, Apple only wants to play with the big boys like the RIAA. That's a shame.

Calling third-party software a "hack" is a bit of a reach.
oni_anne
Oct. 31st, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
This doesn't come to me as a surprise since Apple is trying to avoid the RIAA smack down on pirated music and the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act" that's currently under review:

http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=1670

http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,65255,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_3

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:S.2560:

The big question for Apple: "Does the iPod's generous disk space "induce" infringing copying?"
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