iTunes - once again.
youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Mon Feb 5 15:01:38 UTC 2007
perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
>>> Call me silly, but it seems to me you ought to be lobbying Apple
>>> for Linux support.
>>> Get a decent Apple-made Linux player, and FreeBSD support via
>>> the linux emulator would *probably* work, no?
>> I agree, getting Apple to support iTunes on Linux is key. I don't
>> know if there have been other online petitions ...
> Good luck. My guess is that open-source systems like Linux or *BSD
> are considered too easily hackable, and therefore prohibited in
> Apple's agreements with the recording industry. (Even if the iTunes
> app itself were distributed as binary-only, having both the input
> and output drivers open-source might be perceived as making it too
> easy to attack the encryption.)
It's not just that.
Given Apple's stance in the marketplace, they (rightly) prefer to do
things when it suits their vested interests. So, considering the
following points, Apple won't support iTunes on any platform other than
OSX and Windows:
-DRM doesn't exist on *BSD, Solaris or Linux, which means that Apple
would have to do the system from scratch or adapt the system to meet the
requirements of the installation platform.
-The cost of development, security risks, and probable loss of IP would
be much higher since they'd be spreading out their resources pretty thin
by developing DRM/iTunes for other platforms.
-Plus, the number of PCs owners that do have iTunes protected files is
probably much smaller than the market share that own Mac or Windows
machines and use iTunes.
-Many times writing binary applications for Unix requires a common
denominator for all applications. Considering that there isn't
necessarily a common denominator in Unix (shells are different, kernels
are different, not all clients have the same WMs, DEs, etc), finding and
establishing that common denominator would take a lot of time.
Therefore, with that thinking in mind I highly doubt that anything will
come about in the near future where iTunes is supported on another
platform than Windows or OSX, unless everyone will start using Linux or
*BSD because of Vista ^_^.
PS Have you tried Crossoffice yet? It's a packaged suite for wine that
supposedly supported iTunes (as well as Office XP) back in the day (~1
year ago). You'll have to pay for it though.
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