updated 06:25 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2004
Apple has forced a small developer to that allowed users to easily copy music from an iPod. Sylvain Demongeot, who recently released the program, says that his ISP shutdown his website in response to an Apple note indicating "unauthorized use of iTunes software code." A message on the website from Apple to Demongeot's web hosting company (ISP) reads: "Specifically, we have learned that unauthorized Apple iTunes software code is being used in a computer program called 'iPodDownload 1.0'. The material is currently available for download on the wildbits.com web site, hosted by your company, at the following URL." The developer says he removed the free software plugin to restore access to his website, which was shutdown by the ISP for more than an hour. Demongeot says that Apple never contacted him and that he is still waiting for an explanation of the violation.