updated 12:50 pm EDT, Wed July 28, 2004
\'Harmony\' does disservice
BusinessWeek Online's Peter Burrows says that RealNetworks' attempt to make its music downloads work on iPods--via its Harmony software--does both Apple and consumers a disservice and that the effort : "You might think Apple would welcome a product that encourages consumers to legally download music onto their player. But it's said to be more than a little unhappy, and with good reason. Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs should clearly and firmly squelch Real's attempt to infiltrate Apple's music empire. GartnerG2 analyst Mike McGuire sums it up: 'At some point, Apple may decide to license [its iPod technology] to others. But they should do it for good business reasons, not because a rival issues a press release or some beta software.'"