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[3]: iTunes store on Android
by d3vi1 on Thu 30th May 2013 09:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: iTunes store on Android"
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Some Android devices do have DRM modules. Samsung and HTC handsets certainly do as some streaming services only work on DRM capable devices and list Samsung and HTC handsets. But it's not something that's present in all Android devices. What I don't know is if the DRM is a hardware controller (ie a chip with DRM firmware loaded so if load a custom ROM on a Samsung SIII I'd still be able to play DRM content) or whether it's purely a software thing (which means custom ROMs would break DRM playback).

DRM is purely software in most cases. On some devices it uses the hardware crypto key embedded in the device to unlock the key store with the decryption keys for all your media, but not on Apple devices. The problem on Android is that every vendor that supports DRM implements it in it's own way and you cannot extend it with another DRM scheme on that given device. If you have a Sony, Apple cannot programatically and in a supported way add FairPlay to it so that the whole platform can play iTunes content.

Fortunately, the music content bought from iTunes is DRM-free, but using it on a non-apple device means that you loose Genius, and depending on the iTunes integration, you might also loose playlist synchronization.

Also, I know I'm nitpicking, but your streaming content via DLNA. The overall protocol is a Sony one and called DLNA (Digital [somthing] Network Alliance). But DNLA does use UPnP to handle some of it's network chatter (eg for network discovery) which is why people often refer to DLNA streaming as UPnP (I used to make this mistake myself).

Yes, DLNA is a UPnP based protocol that is used for streaming. I have no philosophical problems using it and since my devices already support it, I saw no reason to purchase an Apple TV. The PS3, the XBox and most new generation TVs are quite decent for playing back movies, which invalidated my need for yet another device with another remote and other UI on my TV.

The something that you were looking for is Livingroom.

Edited 2013-05-30 09:29 UTC

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