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CodeWeavers brings iTunes to Linux users

updated 08:05 pm EDT, Mon August 2, 2004

iTunes for Linux

CodeWeavers said that it has to its software that lets Windows programs run on Linux, according to CNET News.com: "CrossOver Office 3.1 adds support for the jukebox and music download software. The version is currently in preview form and is being made available only to existing CrossOver Office customers..... A final version is expected later this year. Apple has not created a Linux version of iTunes, though the company has already shown a willingness to go beyond the Mac in creating the Windows version. Apple's iPod also works natively under Windows and the Mac OS, though the company does not support Linux."




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  1. EMC

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    apple sux

    porting iTunes to linux would take a whole ten minutes. they already have gcc-compilable source code.

  1. daphnediane

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Native port, re:apple sux

    LOL nice troll, but I'll bite anyways...

    A native unix/linux X11 port would take more than just a recompile with gcc. The work of making a native port would require atleast the following:
    1. the GUI would have to be rewritten to target X11.
    2. the sound output would have to be retarget to a new sound API. (It would probably be easy for a 3rd party tool to slip between the iTunes program and the sound device. Most likely Apple would have to at-least consider this risk.)
    3. A new method of securing the iTMS keys. (It would probably be broken, but again Apple would have to try.)
    4. The interface to USB/Firewall would have to be ported so it would work with an ipod.
    5. Likewise for the CD-Rom/CD-R drive. (Probably the simplest part of porting.)

    The Microsoft Windows port had the advantage that quicktime was already ported and made a lot of the existing APIs available. It's likely that if Apple ported iTunes to linux, that porting quicktime might be a good first step.

    Getting back to CodeWeaver. From what I recall they already had Quicktime working in linux. I imagine because of the similarity of the code bases it probably wasn't that much further to get iTunes to work.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iTunes relies on carbon

    They would have to port carbon in addition to the other things mentioned in the comment above.

    EMC, please take your trolls elsewhere.

  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wait...

    Why is iTunes a carbon app? Shouldn't it be 100% Cocoa? For that matter, shouldn't ALL of Apple's apps be written in Cocoa? There's no need to support carbon anymore, since nothing they've released recently can run in MacOS 9 anyway. Wasn't the whole idea behind carbon was to allow apps to run in both 9 and 10 without too much work? C'mon, Apple! Give us a 100% Cocoa iLife suite!

  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    well...

    Because Carbon is an equal API to Cocoa, now, and not just a hack. It works well, and if written well, is on par performance-wise to a a Cocoa application.

    That, and the fact that QuickTime is essentially a Carbon library, it really makes sense.

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