"Is iTunes on its way to being DRM-free?"
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Is iTunes on its way to being DRM-free?
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>> What's happening. I'm Brian Tom, and welcome to the
Apple Byte. It's everything good and bad inside the
world of Apple. So let's get to the goodies. Apple and
three of the major music labels are in talks to bring
more DRM-free tacks to iTunes. CNET news senior writer
Greg Sandaval [Assumed spelling] broke the story, so I
figured it would probably be a good idea to bring him in
the set. What's up Greg, welcome to the show.
>> Thanks for having me.
>> And what's the skinny with this whole DRM-free thing
coming to iTunes.
>> Well, it looks like Apple might be close to getting
more DRM-free music, something that its customers have
been asking for for a long time.
>> And it's three of the big music labels that are part
of this --
>> The three largest, yes.
>> And you broke the story first, so do you have any
inkling, I know they keep really tight-lipped of who is
the closest of those three?
>> Well the speculations so far from other -- the rumors
have been it's Sony. But none of my sources have been
able to confirm that.
>> Okay, well thanks for all the great work, and I can't
wait for all the DRM-free stuff.
>> I appreciate you having me.
>> All right. Cool. Thanks a lot, Greg. And you know
we keep it fresh here for you all with all the guests.
Now I've shifted over to the Amazon store because its
DRM-free, and I can play that music anywhere I want. So
this might bring me back to iTunes. Adobe's bringing
Flash to smart phones with arm chips, but not the iPhone
yet. At the Max conference they demoed Flash 10 on the
android platform, Windows Mobile, and Simian. But why
not the iPhone even if the processor can support it.
Well, Adobe CEO Kevin Lynch said we need to pass the
taste test of Apple's head chef. And I can tell you
that's a very specific taste. Flash 10 releases in the
second half of 2009. Now we talked about Apple
negotiating more DRM-free content with other studios,
but here's a quick tip with Tom Merit showing you how to
buy Amazon store music through iTunes.
>> Well, this new genus feature in iTunes, it's pretty
clever at telling you songs similar to the ones you
already own. And it's a great way to find new music.
But most of the iTunes music store is DRM -- that means
it's restricted. I prefer to shop at a store like
Amazon that sells unrestricted MP3s. I saw this site on
Boing Boing [Assumed spelling], called Advantageous.
They offer a script that combines the Amazon store with
iTunes. Here's a quick tip on how it works. Go to
advantageousmp3.com and download and install the script.
Then go into iTunes. Shop the music store as you
usually would. And when you find a song I'd like to buy
go up there to the script icon up there in the menu and
select Get Mp3 From Amazon. Your default browser will
open with the Amazon music store where you can purchase
the track you were looking at. Advantageous notes they
can't guarantee that every song in the iTunes library is
going to link directly to one in the Amazon store, so
make sure you've got the right MP3 before you click to
buy it. That's it for this quick tip. I'm Tom Merit,
>> Thanks, Tom. And nice hair. Now do you want to
watch a movie you purchase on iTunes on your TV screen?
Well, not so fast. Less talk, bad Apple. The Unibody
MacBooks look great but this aren't so hot when there's
built in copy protection. Now a technology called high
bandwidth digital content protection, or known as HDCP,
prevents the copying of digital audio and video content
from one point to another through different display
connectors. Now [Inaudible] article claims a high
school teacher was trying to play the movie Hellboy Two
that he purchased from iTunes from his MacBook to a
protector that wasn't HDCP compliant, and the movie
>> Oh crap.
>> Now let's forget that he was showing Hellboy Two at
school, because that's one bad-ass teacher. But if I
buy a movie from iTunes and my older TV set isn't HDCP
compliant it won't play there. It won't play on other
non-HDCP monitors that I have, and it won't play on
projectors. Awesome. Apple's choice to use the display
port technology threw them into this whole world. And
if I'm buying something I better be able to play it
wherever I want. Now not all of iTune's content is
protected yet, but this is stupid, stupid, stupid.
Okay, you know we want to hear from you, so e-mail us at
the Applebyte@cnet.com. Next week we'll be showing off
some of your e-mails and showcasing some snappy apps.
I'm Brian Tom for cnet.com, thanks for watching, and
come back next time for another bite of the Apple.
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