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Monday, March 27, 2006

iTunes only plays on iPod

John Boudreau writes for the Mercury News, Beyond the iPod: Apple at 30:
"Apple has kept its iPod ecosystem closed; iPod owners cannot use their players to listen to music downloads bought from competing music services. Apple may someday have to adjust that strategy or face the wrath of consumers who want more control over the tunes and videos they buy through iTunes."
I think the author really meant to say that music downloads from the iTunes Music Store can only play on the iPod, rather than saying songs bought elsewhere can't play on iPods.

Right?

I can play mp3's on there that I download from non-DRM services.

1 comment:

  1. Call me old fashioned, but I still buy CD's. I rip DRM-free MP3 onto an external USB hard drive (250gb) that I can use on any computer with an open USB port... mac, Win, etc.

    Locking consumers into one platform is stupid. I can't afford an iPod, so I don't buy music off of iTunes. And I play my music on more then one computer, so portability is important.

    Then again, CD's do offer the ultimate in 'portability'.

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