Thursday, February 22, 2018
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Qualcomm Introduces First Integrated 802.11ax-ready Solution for Smartphones
Google Brings Digital Assistant to Nest Camera
ARM Wants to Integrate a SIM Card into SoCs for IoT
Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design, Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Technology
Broadcom Lowers Offer for Qualcomm
Fujitsu Releases with the new 2 in 1 Tablet STYLISTIC Q738
AMD Brings x86 'Zen' Architecture to the Embedded Market With new Ryzen Processors
Battery Makers Struggle to Source Cobalt, Including Apple
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > General Computing > Company...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Company to Reverse-engineer iPod's DRM

US Navio, a company that specializes in rights-management technology for online stores, said it plans to reverse-engineer the FairPlay encoding system Apple uses on iTunes Music Store purchases.

It plans to break Apple's Digital Rights Management system in order to allow other online music retailers to sell downloads that are both DRM-encoded and iPod-compatible by early 2006, website reports.

"Typically, we embrace and want to work with the providers of the DRM," said Ray Schaaf, Navio's chief operating officer. "With respect to FairPlay, right now Apple doesn't license that, so we take the view that as RealNetworks allows users to buy FairPlay songs on Rhapsody, we would take the same approach."

Last year, after unsuccessfully courting Apple to license FairPlay, RealNetworks introduced its Harmony technology, which allowed users to buy music from online sources other than the iTunes Music Store and transfer it to their iPod. RealNetworks' move was then denounced by Apple as adopting "the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod." In December of 2004, Apple shot back by releasing an iPod software update that disabled support for RealNetworks-purchased songs.

RealNetworks corrected this with an updated release of Rhapsody and FairPlay encoded songs have been working ever since.

Content downloaded from iTunes is encoded with the FairPlay DRM system, effectively putting limits on how customers can use the content. Content providers want to use FairPlay because of the popularity of the iPod, which is incompatible with all DRM formats other than FairPlay. Apple has declined to license the technology to outside vendors.

FairPlay also appeals to content providers because of its ease of use. Apple's DRM is considered to be one of the less obtrusive forms of DRM on the market, since consumers only see that FairPlay is there when they are trying to violate rights privileges.

But Navio's Schaaf insists that his company won't be fazed by Apple's vow to thwart attempts to make FairPlay-compatible files without Apple's blessing.

"As technology advances with a software release or a different encoding scheme, you also need to have grandfathered rights for prior versions of songs," Schaaf said. "If a change is made or required then we would do it just the same way that Real or others would do it."

Schaaf declined to say exactly what types of Navio-powered stores would sell files using the FairPlay DRM, but he noted that Navio collaborates with companies in many markets.

Microsoft Admits Xbox 360 Problems        All News        LG LRM-519 Running Microsoft's New DVR Platform Available
Opera Releases Security Patch     General Computing News      S.Korea Delays Microsoft Ruling

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Apple Discontinues the iPod Nano and Shuffle
W3C Greenlights DRM for the Web
DRM Could Come To JPEG Format
DRM Keeps Music Sales Down: study
Apple $229 16GB iPod touch Now Available
Free Software Foundation Urges W3C to Reject DRM in HTML Video
Ubisoft To Fix Security Hole Exposed By Games' Plug-in
Studios And Storage Firms Push DRM For Cloud Content
Google, Microsoft And Netflix Propose HTML Video Copy Protection
Removing DRM Could Decrease Music Piracy, Researchers Say
Sony to Adopt Microsoft's PlayReady DRM Technology
Apple Expected to Announce New iPods in Sept Event

Most Popular News
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2018 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .