New iPods: Definitely Mac or Windows only

Cory Doctorow writes on Boing Boing that it looks like the newly released iPod models have a checksum in them that prevents third-party applications from synching with them, which impacts people on Linux. Nice.

Oh well, we’ll just have to wait a week or two for someone to crack it, I guess.

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3 thoughts on “New iPods: Definitely Mac or Windows only

  1. josh

    iTunes doesn’t run under WINE? And I love that “hashes have been inserted which appear to lock the iTunes database to one particular iPod” – DRM’s great, isn’t it? what happens when you upgrade your iPod?

  2. Chris Till

    Apple’s DRM doesn’t restrict the number of iPods one can use, replace your iPod a thousand times and it’ll keep working.

    Don’t forget Apple only uses DRM at the insistence of the studios – Apple and EMI already have an agreement for higher-quality tracks with NO DRM on them for example and they’re keen for others to follow suit..

    However, if you’re worried about using the new iPods on unsupported operating systems then surely history assures us it is only a matter of days or weeks before someone comes up with a solution….. and sure enough 20 seconds of searching reveals it has already been done – http://www.backdot.com/?p=50

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