It seems that it only took hackers a few hours to figure out how to circumvent the protection mechanisms used by Apple to protect applications from piracy. It seems that the Mac App Store could be very transformation, just not in the way Apple had expected.
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There are a lot of myths circulating regarding software piracy. Thanks to an App Store developer, we get the chance to dispel some of these myths.
Does anyone really believe the RIAA when they tell us that 'the sky is falling' from rampant piracy?Just last year, the recording industry, was trying to strong-arm Apple into raising its base price for it's entire DRM-protected music library.
If you follow the digital music business at all, then you know by now that earlier this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs issued a clarion call (ok, an open letter) to the entertainment confab to free digital content of any digital rights management (DRM) technology: the technology that, in the course of trying to prevent piracy of content, also prevents honest people like you and me from moving iTunes-bought music from an Apple iPod to a non-Apple MP3 player (that's just one example).
Right about now, the question is whether or not Steve Jobs wishes he never penned the open letter that he did in February 2007. The one where he eschewed Digital Rights Management technology (the same anti-piracy technology that preserves the dominance of Apple' iPods and well as of iTunes' downloadable audio sales), admonishing the recording industry to give up on the idea of technologically protecting their content.
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The iPod blossomed for two reasons: content portability and piracy/theft. Unlike the iPod, Apple TV will require payment to view content on a big screen.
Company attacks proposal that would force it to make iTunes songs playable on devices competing with the iPod.
A refund process soon will be implemented for a Canadian tax that ranged from $15 to $25 per iPod, depending on its storage capacity.
Canadians get to see cents...
Australia has experienced a small increase in the use of pirated software in 2004, keeping the overall piracy rate well above comparable nations, according to a survey published by the Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA).The BSAA -- affiliated with global body the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and backed by software companies such as Microsoft, Symantec and Apple -- said 32 percent of software used in Australia in 2004 was pirated, up from 31 percent the previous year.
RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser brushes off a recent rebuff from Apple and says incompatible piracy prevention tools threaten to turn off consumers.
Ghost of Napster purged from the machine
"The killer app for the computer industry is piracy..."
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