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 Real and iPods

"Since Harmony is only depending on the iPod not to let the music move OFF the iPod, no reason they can't use one DRM scheme (Real's Helix DRM) to get the data to the real media player on the computer, and another scheme (Fairplay) to say "here, iPod, is an AAC file with fairplay. Play it but don't let it be copied". If the audio is in AAC at 192kbps to begin with (in the Real download service) there's no transcoding of codecs or loss of quality. It's really just the wrapper that is being changed, and the rules of how to use the audio. "

 (Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )


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