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iPod\'s success to undermine Microsoft WMA format?

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Mon July 19, 2004

iPod undermines Microsoft

The success of the iPod are forcing copy-protection companies such as Macrovision and SunnComm , possibly undermining Microsoft's position in the music industry, as the WMA format is the default digitally encoded format found on most copy-protected CDs: "....they're both making substantial changes in the way CDs are digitally locked, changes that could ultimately be a setback to recent Microsoft strides into the music business.... the subsequent meteoric rise of the iPod--which does not play Microsoft-formatted music--has forced a change in plans: no more reliance on Microsoft's technology, no more second session and an appeal to Apple for compatibility." The article notes that Apple has not yet licensed its iPod-compatible FairPlay digital rights management technology to anyone, although the companies appear to be optimistic about that possibility.




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  1. Truepop

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Simpsons Did it.

    and so Steve Jobs does his best Mr. Burns impression.

    excellent. it's all going as planed.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MS has screwed

    their customers for the last time. At last they're realising that there is an alternative out there, a better alternative. The iPod hasn't been a Trojan Horse, it's been a Trojan Stampede!

    However, since the CD manufacturers are competing with the iTMS, there's no guarantee that SJ will license Fairplay. In fact, he'll probably snub them too. If I were in his shoes, I might do the same thing. Why would the Colonel sell the secret recipe for KFC when it makes plenty of money as it is? Apple have the most popular player, iTunes (by far), the most popular device, iPod (by a h*** of a lot further) and the most popular online store (further still). Why on Earth would they license Fairplay? What's in it for them? They can just continue to crush the competition from all sides because no one can come up with something to compete with one, let alone all three at once.

    And to all those who think Apple had dominant market share when the Mac launched, guess again. Apple gained huge sales in DTP (which the Mac and others invented) but never made it into the corporate world. They still all the markets they had back then (although education market share is down while boxes installed is way up). Other markets grew around Apple. Apple were never a part of them (and in many they still aren't) so those kinds of comparisons to the iTMS/iPod/iTunes/Fairplay thing are very flawed.

  1. DannyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    heh

    Looks like Apple is pulling a Microsoft!

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    old news?

    Didn't this story broke all over the internet last monday?

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: old news?

    Guess that answers my question. The story it links to confirms it.

  1. Truepop

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: old news

    hmm it was posted monday.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: re: old news

    "hmm it was posted monday."

    As in monday July 12. Not monday July 19th.

  1. dru

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Steve *should* license

    It would help lock-in CD buyers into iTunes, iPod. It wouldn't hurt the ITMS because people would be buying physical CDs and Apple would still be making licensing revenue. Seems like a win-win and way to guard against Microsoft's efforts to take over this market. They've already got DVD-HD.

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