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Why Android could hurt Itunes

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| Amazon MP3 launched a year ago with an online music catalogue listing more
| than two million songs from more than 180,000 artists and 20,000 labels,
| including EMI Music and Universal.


Here we go again

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| Most mobile operators and handset-makers are searching for a platform for
| their mass-market phones of the future. Many have of late warmed to Linux, a
| free, open-source operating system which can be customised. Some are tweaking
| Linux to make their own flavours. Others, such as those in the LiMo (Linux
| Mobile) Consortium, are working on a standard version. None, however, has the
| clout of Google. Its operating system, Android, is also a variant of Linux,
| and will be open-source once the phones are in the market.



Flash Finally Restored in Linux

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| Unfortunately, I lost all my songs in the great crash and DRM prevents me
| from transferring the songs back on to my computer from the Ipod.
| Fortunately, Pandora is not only a solution to my problem but is also an
| improvement. *



A Linux User's Perspective on the ITunes Store (and DRM in General)

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| What if tomorrow you went to Best Buy or Walmart or Sam Goody and purchased a
| CD? What if, before you left the store, the salesman told you that although
| the CD was in all other respects a standard CD, that you could only play it
| if you owned a Pioneer or Sony stereo? Would that make any sense? Would it
| make you a bit hesitant about buying music from that store again? * *
| Well, if you purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store,
| [...]
| With content from the iTunes Store, however, users may find themselves a bit
| stuck if they ever want to make the switch to a more open computing platform,
| such as Linux. Because none of the DRM-restricted content from the iTunes
| Store will play on Linux. And it's all because that's how Apple wants it, to
| be honest, and not because of any technical limitation. * *


Apple's latest trick to enforce digital rights

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| [...]
| With this version of iTunes, users were finding that music
| subjected to the old download-burn-rip would no longer
| load onto their iPods.

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