Monday, March 28, 2005

PyMusique just misunderstood?

So you've heard of PyMusique? The software that lets you buy music from the iTunes Music Store but in an unprotected form (without FairPlay digital rights management)? Well, this came as a suprise to me since I didn't properly investigate, but apparently the software was originally developed to enable Linux users to download (and pay for) songs from the iTMS.

So you CAN download songs from the iTMS on Linux! I'd settle for listening to songs I bought, but this is great. While the Forbes article says that losing the copy protection was an "unintended consequence," so I'm assuming this is because if the software does apply the copy protection, Linux users wouldn't be able to play the music. Apple refuses to let anyone license the technology for media players, especially to Real and Microsoft.

SOURCE: Forbes.com via Yahoo Finance

4 comments:

said...

boingboing just had a post about sony rolling out an itunes'ish store. i was wondering if maybe you had any input on how you think they'll handle it after all the fuss caused over current digital media rights and copyright issues? just curious.

(maybe this question is dumb. if so, please ignore)

Will said...

Hm.. it might be like the cdigix stuff we have here where it's pay-per-view, but as far as downloading a copy you can save and rewatch, that's further down the road. I'm not sure what kinda of DRM they're using, but sounds like Microsoft will get involved somehow because they have currently have the most universally supported media protection scheme.

said...

firstly, damn you for not coming in to work. eric was dancing up a storm. secondly, i'm planning on harassing you over how to get my sidebar to be like yours, and potential rss feeds. i dunno if rss is a plausible option for blogspot though.

i tried looking through your html code and seeing if i could steal it for mine, but the code's a bit different for me and i can't find the proper place to put it in. if you are not up for being annoyed by this, do say so, and i will stop. no worries.

also, i STILL don't get your willmonwah/willmonwash deal. this needs more explaining.

Will said...

Sorry, about not coming to work, I was in Texas for the NCTTA (table tennis) Championship :) As for getting the sidebar, I think you already have one, but check out this site: http://www.wpdfd.com/editorial/basics/#

I learned CSS there. Great stuff, and usefule for DMBS. I'll help however much I can.

Willmonwash is my lame attempt at being funny and mainting my identity (yeah, identity) as Willmonwah.