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Apple to open FairPlay DRM?

updated 01:30 pm EST, Wed January 17, 2007

Apple to open FairPlay?

Apple is planning to open its FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) standard used on tracks purchased from its iTunes Music Store, according to /Tech/ sources. The publication says Apple is gearing up to make two announcements this week, making protected AAC files streamable via USB and the ability for third-party 'Made for iPod' manufacturers to license Fairplay for their own use. If true, the moves would result in more hardware with expanded functionality, such as digital output straight from iTunes, and built-in displays of previously protected track content such as album artwork. /Tech/ speculates that the move could be intended to keep Made for iPod companies on board as the appeal of more "open" players like the Microsoft Zune become stronger.

by MacNN Staff



  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "as the appeal of more "open" players like the Microsoft Zune"

    What? If anything the Zune marketplace is less open then iTMS.

  1. zerologic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More open? LOL.

    "/Tech/ speculates that the move could be intended to keep Made for iPod companies on board as the appeal of more 'open' players like the Microsoft Zune become stronger."

    Open for rear entry maybe. That thing is horribly closed.

  1. dawho9

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My guess is that they will open it up for anything that doesn't directly compete with the iPod. (Must like Microsoft's recent move to let companies license the user interface from Microsoft Office, as long as the product doesn't compete directly against Office products.)

    So we might see home receiver products that can stream the files or something along the line of that.

    Maybe - I've been wrong before.


  1. webertk421

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "making protected AAC files streamable via USB "


  1. milhouse

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smart move

    'nuff said.


  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Zune is even more closed

    Zunes only work with the Zune Marketplace and they do not even work with MSFT won PlaysforSure DRM.

    The availability of Zune accessories from third-parties is minuscule compared to the market for iPod accessories.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Its not for the music

    They do need help with the video market and this is a smart move, i hope they do it.

  1. hokizpokis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    seems like news has been replaced with SPECULATION at this once informative website

    Somebody please tell the editor that news space is far too valuable to waste on SPECULATIVE malarki

    If you want SPECUALTION:

    1) Look to see AAPL in the market to buyout a phone carrier company....

    2) Look to see AAPL to buy out Google at great discount just before or after Google is indicted for corporate FRAUD...

    3) watch mad moneys cramer be promoted to AAPL's board of directors...and be forced to sell his AAPL position... all $40M worth (which explains why AAPL is selling off today...

    4) steve Jobs to retire in 2008 from AAPL and run for US President and get achieve landslide victory...afterwhich he eliminates the entire congress and replaces all govt decision making with a public web site/blog that doesnt include support for windows users...


  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In The Pipe

    This is always the weakest quarter, and Apple is steering clear of it. The next quarter will see A full Quarter of Apple TV, plus Leopard, Updated macs and iLife and the possibility of an iPhone-like wide screen iPod. This will make the Q2 numbers sing

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