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iPod shuffle “control chip” not DRM, just more licensing

iPod shuffle “control chip” not DRM, just more licensing

After speculation that Apple was using the new iPod shuffle 4GB to launch an "authentication chip" which only licensed headphones would offer, Apple themselves and a number of third-party accessory manufacturers have spoken up about the smallest iPod's hardware.  V-moda, Monster Cable and Scosche have all described it as a "control chip", which uses the microphone channel in the four-channel headphones to send multiple commands: play, pause, volume control and more.

iPod shuffle ‘authentication chip’ threatening headphone DRM?

iPod shuffle ‘authentication chip’ threatening headphone DRM?

For something so small, the new iPod shuffle 3G is causing a whole lot of commotion.  Argument around Apple's tiniest PMP is centering on the control system, which has been shifted from the body of the shuffle itself to an in-line pod in the headphones.   Now there's talk of an "authentication chip" buried inside the shuffle that will act as "headphone DRM", with Apple insisting on licensing fees from any third-party manufacturer wanting to make compatible accessories.

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Apple new MacBook & MacBook Pro HDCP frustrating iTunes users

Apple new MacBook & MacBook Pro HDCP frustrating iTunes users

Apples decision to go with Mini DisplayPort on their new MacBook and MacBook Pro machines, and not include the adapters free, initially frustrated many whose existing monitors simply lacked the connection.  Now there's a whole new level of annoyance, as it becomes clear that Apple have made use of HDCP (High-Definition Content Protection) which renders any display not supporting the encryption technology unable to show a growing amount of content bought through iTunes.

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Netflix’s Instant Watching coming to Macs via Silverlight

Netflix’s Instant Watching coming to Macs via Silverlight

Thanks to Microsoft, Netflix subscribers can now access Watch Instantly service via MS’s Silverlight technology on their Intel –based Macs. The company has a growing library of 12,000 movies and episodes of TV shows available for its unlimited plans customers to stream online, but were limited to PC users due to lack of supports from Apple in DRM licensing.

Not anymore, the online version of Red Envelop has adopted Microsoft latest generation of Silverlight to enable protected content playback on Windows and Apple machines.

Walmart DRM servers get a reprieve

Walmart DRM servers get a reprieve

Walmart has backtracked on its decision to shut down the DRM servers authenticating music tracks purchased from its MP3 Downloads store.  In a message sent to service users, Walmart cites "feedback from our customers" as the motivation for the turnaround, having announced last month that it would take the systems offline as it transitioned to DRM-free MP3s. 

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Yahoo! Music offer MP3 download coupons to DRM victims

Yahoo! Music offer MP3 download coupons to DRM victims

Yahoo! Music have announced their compensation plans for downloaders whose DRM-encrypted tracks will be left stranded on current devices once the company's licencing servers go offline.  Coupons will be issued allowing users to re-download music in MP3 format from Yahoo!'s new partner, Rhapsody.  Describing the amount of users affected by the issue as a "small number", spokesperson Carrie Davis declined to go into detail about exact figures.

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