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Monday, October 02, 2006

DVD Jon Fairplays Apple

DRM-buster DVD Jon has a new target in his sights, and it’s a big piece of fruit. He has reverse-engineered Apple’s Fairplay and is starting to license it to companies who want their media to play on Apple’s devices. Instead of breaking the DRM (something he’s already done), Jon has replicated it, and wants to license the technology to companies that want their content (music, movies, whatever) to play on Apple devices. This may not be good news for iTunes the store, but it could make the iPod even more popular.
It's unclear that the iPod could be even more popular, but I'd love to see Apple simply open up Fairplay to partners and competitors. Imagine a world in which iTunes-purchased content could be played on Media Center PCs or other non-Apple devices.

As for licensing a reversed-engineered version of Fairplay, that's ludicrous. Apple will simply change Fairplay at some point and strand licensees. Obviously.
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