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 Apple responds to RealNetworks FairPlay hack

"DMCA aside, does Apple need to threaten RealNetworks in order to make its point, or is Harmony a legitimate threat to Apple's business interests? The iPod + iTunes Music Store combination has proven to be a rather deadly one, at least to the competition, and it's questionable whether the existence of Harmony will do anything to change that. iTMS sells over 70% of legal downloads, while the various iPod models account for just over half of all digital music players sold last quarter. While some analysts have suggested that Apple should think about licensing FairPlay, the current closed, tightly-integrated music ecosystem has served Apple's interests very well. Judging by sales, consumers don't seem to be bothered by the closed ecosystem."

 (Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )


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