Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th May 2013 16:59 UTC
Apple At the D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again took the stage to be interviewed by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. While most of the interview can be replicated by picking and reading 10 random Apple fanblog stories - there were still a number of very interesting things that warrant some closer scrutiny.
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RE: iTunes store on Android
by d3vi1 on Thu 30th May 2013 08:53 UTC in reply to "iTunes store on Android"
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I think the obvious thing for them to do would be to make the iTunes store available on Android. Not the apps, of course, but the music and movie library would directly compete with Google's offerings. This would provide a pretty good revenue stream without the need to invest a great deal of effort.


I think that there's nothing stoping you from importing your DRM-free iTunes music (including iTunes Match) on your Droid. Regarding movies, the DRM is indeed Apple only, but there are applications that can remove that for you. I personally remove all DRM from my purchases immediately, in order to play (via UPnP) on my PS3 or directly on my TV. There is a nifty application called Playback from Yazsoft that exports your iTunes library over the network in UPnP.
Porting their DRM engine to Android would be difficult. They could do a port of the iPod app but that would be like shooting themselves in the foot, and it wouldn't integrate with the other apps on the Droid. I don't think Android has an API for an extensible DRM implementation right in the multi-media implementation that all apps could use.

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