Tuesday Technology Tidbits - Music Industry or Balkans?
Buried in the latest Apple iTunes update is a little "feature" that not only prevents your iPod from working with anything but iTunes, but that also links your music database to a single device. Got music of your own that's managed by another program? "Tough!" says Apple.
Universal Says: "We didn't really like selling music anyway."
And not to be outdone, Universal Music Group escalated their war with Apple by signing a deal to offer music on Spiralfrog's ad supported service. The catch is that the MP3s can't be burned to CD (yeah, like that will last), and they won't play on the iPod. Oh well, so much for Universal's sales.
I still haven't bought an iPod. Now I don't know if I will.
Surely someone will crack it..
Sorry, it's kind of hard to explain, but the short version is that it would require a major software change to any program that wants to manage an iPod, and since many of these are free, it probably won't happen.
PoP... Hopefully Mr. PoP is satisfied with iTunes.
Sorry. That ain't normally my MO, but Apple's "feature" pisses me off bad enough. Let 'em both suffer for it when somebody figures out a way to do it all better.
In the meantime, I'm enjoyin' (despite that stupid a$$ed "feature") my wee li'l, $80, Shuffle.
Michael... Well you know the Frogette and I are iPod sluts. We've owned four between us (My 2G, her 3G, her Nano, and my Video). I was just waiting for the iPhone without the phone and am now saving my pennies till I can get one.