Norway Forgets Who They're Dealing With, Demands Apple Open Up FairPlay…

Norway is ostensibly big on neutrality, even when it gets them invaded and pulverized, so it's not surprisingly it hates Apple's FairPlay DRM, which only lets songs play on iPods. It even has a law requiring that consumers be able to use digital media with whatever device they choose, which FairPlay obviously pees all… » 9/30/08 6:20pm 9/30/08 6:20pm

DVD Jon's doubleTwist Allows Ripping of iTunes Music Files

Only a few people remember this, but DVD Jon cracked Apple's Fairplay DRM way back in late 2006 and offered it up for companies to purchase the tech and integrate it into their own media files. Now DVD Jon has started his own company called doubleTwist that lets people rip protected iTunes music in order to have those… » 2/19/08 1:40pm 2/19/08 1:40pm

PlaysForSure Mutates Into "Certified for Windows Vista"

Microsoft probably thinks they're making things easier by rebranding its PlaysForSure program as simply "Certified for Windows Vista," the sticker that's slapped on all manner of gear and software. But they're not—they're folding apples into oranges, making for an even bigger flustercuck. Cue confused customers… » 12/12/07 5:20pm 12/12/07 5:20pm

Dear Macrovision: A Response to Responses to Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on…

Dear Fred Amoroso (and assorted other CEOs, etc.), » 2/16/07 8:00pm 2/16/07 8:00pm

No, no no. That wasn't the point! He wasn't offering anything. The letter was a PR move. That was all. If you think this is excellent PR for yourself, you're wrong. It just makes you look like a jackass for not knowing how to read. Besides, if you were going to…

Cue the iPhone Blasphemers: The Times Speaks of iHandcuffs

Responding to the iPhone revelation in the New York Times today, Randall Stross launches a harsh — but familiar — excoriation of Apple's FairPlay DRM system. He argues, among other things that: » 1/14/07 10:50pm 1/14/07 10:50pm

I'm not sure most people think of continuing to buy Apple products as "grief." While it may be a closed system, it's also…