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RealNetworks restores Harmony to the iPod

Ryan Block, @ryan
04.27.05
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Ah, how RealNetworks' vindication must be tasting sweet today; late last year they vowed to restore iPod compatibility to their FairPlay-like Harmony DRM system, enabling non-iTunes Music Store vendors (well, only them, really) to sell music to iPod owners. We haven't heard much about it since after Apple's fateful firmware update, until today, when Real announced they're restoring full Harmony compatibility. Doesn't seem like this is going to much affect their new Rhapsody To Go service they announced yesterday, but we'll see what other tricks they've got up their sleeve, and more importantly, how Apple's going to hit back.

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