[mythtv-users] Apple iTV - MythTV Frontend?

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Thu Jan 18 06:45:09 UTC 2007

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On Jan 16, 2007, at 14.39, David Brodbeck wrote:

> Michael Hobbs wrote:
>> Au contraire, mon frère. Granted, this is hearsay from the latest  
>> TWiT (http://twit.tv) podcast, but they were mentioning that Apple  
>> LOVES DRM. In fact, some of the Apple management in charge of  
>> iTunes has said that they would put DRM into iTunes even if the  
>> music industry didn't require it. It creates lock-in. If you have  
>> $200 invested in iTunes music that can only play on an iPod,  
>> you're going to think twice before switching to any other device.

Interesting note, it seems that Apple is considering licensing  
FairPlay now. And the point is kind of moot either way, DVDJon's  
already hacked it. I think there's at least a decrypter for Windows.  
Anyway, what you're describing at the end is the fundamental issue  
with DRM period. The EFF's been preaching that for years. A ZDNet  
editor even did a video he released on YouTube where "DRM =  
CRAP" (granted, "CRAP" was an acronym, but he did an excellent job of  
explaining the problem so anyone could understand it). This is hardly  
*just* an Apple issue. It's a Microsoft issue (PlaysForSure AND the  
Zune Marketplace, remember that you can't buy a song from one and  
play it on the other, even though they both belong to MS), a  
RealMedia issue (Rhapsody), and so on and so forth.

> Sure,  but now you're talking about the opposite situation.
> Apple doesn't want you to play their content on OTHER hardware.   
> This is both because of lock-in and because they don't want to  
> incur the wrath of the music industry.  They don't seem to  
> particularly care if you play other people's content on THEIR  
> hardware, though.  This makes sense; at its heart Apple is a  
> hardware company.

Yeah, but Apple is sort of a rising star in the online media world.  
Don't you think that they'd want to try and at least lock down the  
platform so that you can play your own media, but you still have to  
use their software, which increases the likeliness you'll buy media  
from them.


> If people buy Xboxes to use as little Linux PCs or Myth set-top  
> boxes, they're basically taking money right out of Microsoft's pocket.

Yeah, but isn't that what we want to do? ;)
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