Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Mar 2009 23:00 UTC
Apple Just when you thought that DRM was on its way out, with various music stores abolishing the practice, some company will implement DRM in yet another way that will affect lots of customers in a very negative way. The most recent case of idiotic DRM comes courtesy of a gadget maker from Cupertino. Update: MacWorld provides nuance to the story, with comments from Apple and third-party manufacturers.
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RE[4]: This is wrong!
by milles21 on Tue 17th Mar 2009 03:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This is wrong!"
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It is not a nearly vendor lock in of any kind. It is basically saying we have certain certifications for our product i.e "Made for iPod" If you want to use the made for ipod brnad then you license it.

You can implement it without using the made for ipod brand. This is no different from any other vendor certifying products. Also Thom a little retraction would be nice.

It would be nice for a little clarification on the issue.

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RE[5]: This is wrong!
by rexstuff on Tue 17th Mar 2009 20:57 in reply to "RE[4]: This is wrong!"
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You'd be right if it were just a certification. If it were simply obtaining Apple's blessing to market your third-party hardware for the iPod, like MS's Games for Windows.

But because Apple's closed control circuit is required to properly use headphones, stereo connections, etc, it leaves the realm of simple certification and licensing and ends up as Something Else altogether.

Though there are similarities (which is what I was -trying- to get at), my respondents are quite right that it's not DRM - there are no copyrighted works involved. Yet still, the producer of my product is dictating how and when and with what I can make use of the product. As one of the articles pointed out, I cannot use the shuffle in my car stereo until and unless someone manufactures a special connector, with or without Apple's blessing. A simple 1/4" jack, the decades-old standard, will no longer suffice.

And that's what I find irritating about the whole situation. Anyone else who cares a whit about standards, openness and interoperability should join me in condemning this design decision, and others like it.

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