updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2004
Real: choice is key
RealNetworks, responding to a earlier today, says it hopes consumers are given choice rather being limited by Apple and says the DMCA specifically allows the creation of Harmony-type software: "[We are] delighted by initial consumer and music industry support for Harmony. Compatibility, choice and quality are critically important to consumers and Harmony provides all of these to users of the iPod and over 70 other music devices including those from Creative, Rio, iRiver, and others. RealPlayer Music Store provides the highest sound quality of any download music service. That's why so many consumers have welcomed news of Harmony. Consumers, and not Apple, should be the ones choosing what music goes on their iPod."
"Harmony follows in a well-established tradition of fully legal,
independently developed paths to achieve compatibility. There is ample and
clear precedent for this activity, for instance the first IBM compatible PCs
from Compaq. Harmony creates a way to lock content from Real's music store in
a way that is compatible with the iPod, Windows Media DRM devices, and Helix
DRM devices. Harmony technology does not remove or disable any digital rights
management system. Apple has suggested that new laws such as the DMCA are
relevant to this dispute. In fact, the DMCA is not designed to prevent the
creation of new methods of locking content and explicitly allows the creation
of interoperable software.
RealNetworks says it remains fully committed to Harmony and to "giving millions of consumers who own portable music devices, including the Apple iPod, choice and compatibility."