updated 08:45 am EDT, Thu July 29, 2004
Apple on Real\'s Harmony
Apple today released an official statement on , which allows users to play its song files on the iPod. In a brief statement, Apple said that it was investigating possible criminal violations under the DMCA and other laws as well as threatening compatibility by updating the iPod firmware. "We are stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod, and we are investigating the implications of their actions under the DMCA and other laws. We strongly caution Real and their customers that when we update our iPod software from time to time it is highly likely that Real's Harmony technology will cease to work with current and future iPods."