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iTunes 4.7.1 quietly brings sharing restrictions

updated 10:25 pm EST, Mon March 14, 2005

iTunes sharing limit

With the . The limit applies to the number of unique machines that can access the iTunes library via the built-in sharing feature and is separate from its iTunes music license agreement, which allows playback of purchased songs on five different computers. The sharing limitation prevents more than five different machines from accessing a users' shared playlist, regardless of whether the song is purchased from iTunes (protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM software) or whether it is a standard (unprotected) MP3 file. "This applies merely to the Rendezvous sharing feature of your music library and playlist... even if they are non-protected AAC's or MP3's and/or CD's you've ripped yourself."




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  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That...

    ....S U C K S !!!

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple may yet...

    ...be their own worst enemy - big brother fears & that classic cocky Apple arrogance that has been the achilles heel of Apple's repeated falls from grace seems to be rearing its UGLY head again...

    I haven't bought ANY itunes yet 'cause it's lossy (lousy?) and plays into the hands that might bite me in the behind in the end...

    IMHO messsianic tendencies are Jobs worst trait...

    I DON'T TRUST APPLE COMPUTER...

  1. OptimusG4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is news?

    iTunes 4.7.1 has been out for how long and this is just reaching front page status?

  1. adon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    agreement with 'ebeyer'

    I have no argument there

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Apple may yet...

    You're totally barking up the wrong tree. I'm sure these restrictions have more to do with edicts coming down from the record labels than from Apple wanting more control. Apple still is pretty much at their mercy when it comes to pricing and restrictions since the labels are the ones in control of these things, not Apple.

  1. samuraiduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Whoops

    Corrections, people have known for a couple months

    http://forum.osnn.net/archive/index.php/t-51907.html

    /too lazy for html skillz now

  1. abe2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Apple may yet...

    "You're totally barking up the wrong tree. "

    You might be right, but he does have a point - DRM is DRM, no matter how 'Fair' it might be; you DON'T have control over it, someone else does.

    They've already brought further restrictions in the past, and now even more. h***, they might decide to turn this into a subscription model so you'd have to fork over more dough to listen to your already-purchased songs; unlikely, but they CAN do it, and that's what scary here.

  1. henryblackman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wrong... can't!

    Apple can't do *anything* because at the end of the day, we don't have to upgrade. My music, whether ripped off CDs, or bought from iTMS works fine in 4.7.0 and I haven't upgraded yet, so the restriction does not apply to me.

    No one is forcing anyone to upgrade, and, let's be honest, a fix connection maximum is either to stop your Mac becoming a server on a local network (think student residences at a University), or to stop your Mac being overwhelmed with connections. Let's also be honest about what we need it for, 5 simultaneous connections is 4 more than I need.

    If they look away the feature, then I might be mad, but as it stands, I don't care, and I suspect the VAST majority don't either. Most people who seem to care, probably don't have more than 5 connected machines, so it's all just hot air.

  1. Miniryu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Use more than 5

    Well I live in a University setting, and far more than 5 people listen to my music everyday. This is garbage- and I am sure it is the record companies doing the work.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Wrong... can't!

    ...if you own a 'Shuffle' I believe you need iTunes 4.7.1...

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