themushroom, RealNetworks did at one point open up the iPod to work with it's network. This pissed Apple off and I'm not sure if it still works at this point. But the issue isn't with Real for not making their software compatible with iPods... it's with Apple who refuses to let any one else provide music for the iPod. They deliberately lock people out... it's not that Real won't try. Think about it, Real wants as many people as possible to buy their songs, why would they deliberately alienate 80% of the mp3 players out there? It's Apple that's trying to stop them. Second... as to the article. Am I the only one who buys a CD and puts it on my mp3 player? It would seem so... while I'm sure college kids with easy access to free music would be happy to steal, it's one of the least offensive things most college kids are doing... there are alot of legitimate users out there who pay for their music. I'm more than happy to pay for a CD provided I can copy it to my iPod. Almost all of my music was purchased in a store (just not iTunes, I like CDs not low quality copy-protected rips)... and the tracks that I didn't purchase were live songs that aren't available. I must be in the minority but it's offensive to hear that no one even suggests people like me exist.
[edited by jab1981 on 12.05.2006 13:31]