Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2007 17:09 UTC
Apple Columnist Bill Thompson at the BBC asks whether the time has come for Apple to be put under the EU microscope in the same way as Microsoft has. "If Apple was serious about building a music industry around downloads and digital devices then it would open up its devices and interfaces to allow greater innovation and greater competition."
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RE[2]: Missing The Point...
by tyrione on Thu 20th Sep 2007 21:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Missing The Point..."
tyrione
Member since:
2005-11-21

Can you use a Zune to access iTunes?

Can use use an iPod to access WMA 10 media files from Microsoft?

Edited 2007-09-20 21:14

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RE[3]: Missing The Point...
by JrezIN on Fri 21st Sep 2007 01:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Missing The Point..."
JrezIN Member since:
2005-06-29

"Can use use an iPod to access WMA 10 media files from Microsoft?"

The very interesting thing about that question is:
If they wanted, Apple could just license WMx DRM into iPod (and by just supporting MTP, it could be used with WMP too like most of Digital Audio Players), but right now MS, and also any other manufacturer, could not support Apple's DRM.

Of course MS' DRM is bad as Apple's, but the point is really something to think about...
...reminds me the new Discovery's show: Most Evil.

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RE[3]: Missing The Point...
by dagw on Fri 21st Sep 2007 09:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Missing The Point..."
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Can use use an iPod to access WMA 10 media files from Microsoft?

The interesting question is why can't you access WMA 10 files with your iPod. Is it because Microsoft refuses to license the technology or is it because Apple refuses to pay MS for access. Without evidence I strongly suspect it's the former and thus making the whole situation very different.

If Jobs called MS tomorrow and said "I want WMA 10 working on the iPod" I'm sure MS would be accomodating. Apple on the other hand are refusing to let others play their itms files.

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