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Old 09-16-2007, 06:36 AM
Adam Krebs
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Default Apple Breaks 3rd-Party iPod Sync

For once, Apple seems to be taking a page out of Microsoft's book by breaking iPod compatibility with 3rd-party applications. Most iPod owners I know hate the iTunes software, and regularly use other programs to avoid dealing with the sluggish and buggy iTunes. This brings up an eerie similarity to Microsoft's decision to use a new, proprietary sync standard for Zune in place of their old, proprietary standard for PlaysForSure devices.

Re-enabling 3rd-party iPod sync isn't as simple as tweaking a few lines of code in the affected applications. It seems Apple has locked the iPod's iTunesDB file (what stores the song lists and settings of the iPod) with a SHA1 hash signature (the same type used to secure the Zune's firmware).

Even the New York Times, in a strikingly pro-Apple piece, brought up the hypocrisy of Steve Jobs' January Macworld announcement decrying the Zune a failure after gaining only 2% of the digital audio player market—a mere two months after its release. "Start your photocopiers", indeed.
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