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November 04, 2004

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Once again, it is important to note that the programs mentioned did not hack the encryption or DRM features included on protected AAC files downloaded from the iTunes music store.

Apple is trying to keep iTunes from being used as a 2-way street. As designed, iTunes is designed to move music TO the iPod and not back from it. Modifications to the iTunes software are prohibited by the end user license agreement (EULA).

2. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions. . . . Except as and only to the extent expressly permitted in this License or by applicable law, you may not copy, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, modify, or create derivative works of the Apple Software or any part thereof.

Apple is enforcing the terms of its license agreement. Perhaps this is why the other programs mentioned (which do not directly modify / change / enhance iTunes itself) are not presently in the cross hairs of Apple.

And there are likely other reasons for requiring an upgraded version of iTunes to access the music store: new features, updates, etc. iTunes 4.2 is nearly a year old at this point--at some time it becomes easier to require an upgrade than to support older software when issues have been resolved in later iterations of the product.

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