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Old 07-31-2008, 05:40 AM   #1
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LXer: Apple tries to shut down El Tunes - Viva La El Tunes!


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El Tunes is a GStreamer plugin that allows Linux users to play all music they have purchased from the iTunes Music Store. With El Tunes installed (Ubuntu .debs available), your GStreamer-based players (such as Rhythmbox, Totem the Movie Player, Banshee, etc.) can play DRMâ??ed music purchased from the Apple iTunes store. Apple is refusing to make an iTunes for Linux, and it seems they arenâ??t content with their music being played on it, either.

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It really is frightening the way Apple gets away with these massive limitations. And it is a massive double standard - when Microsoft does it they get rightly slammed, when Apple does it, no one says anything. I own an iPod and would love to be able to use it with Linux and iTunes. Viva El Tunes!!
 
Old 07-31-2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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It really is frightening the way Apple gets away with these massive limitations. And it is a massive double standard - when Microsoft does it they get rightly slammed, when Apple does it, no one says anything. I own an iPod and would love to be able to use it with Linux and iTunes. Viva El Tunes!!
Indeed. We all bitch about MS and bill gates a lot (and many times, rightfully so), but I often get the feeling that the computer industry would be VERY different (worse in terms of freedom) today had Apple been the monopolist instead of Microsoft...
 
Old 07-31-2008, 08:05 PM   #4
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I really have no idea why this issue should even be a concern. If you understand "free" enough to use Linux, why the hell would you pay Apple for DRM-d music? Sounds to me like if you do, you deserve whatever inconvenience that brings.
 
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I really have no idea why this issue should even be a concern. If you understand "free" enough to use Linux, why the hell would you pay Apple for DRM-d music? Sounds to me like if you do, you deserve whatever inconvenience that brings.
What about people who already bought music from itunes, but then later on discovered gnu/linux?
They should still be able to access it.
 
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Absolutely. Also, iTunes is often cheaper than other providers and no one wants to spend more than they have to.....
 
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What about people who already bought music from itunes, but then later on discovered gnu/linux? ... iTunes is often cheaper
Sorry. No sympathy from me. I have been a music purchaser all my life. Digital music is obviously the best and most portable format yet. In much the same way that we get the government that we (collectively) deserve, if we meekly submit to corporate control of our listening habits, we are fools. I personally, do not suffer fools gladly, and if you have damaged my musical freedom by buying DRM, you deserve what you got. It makes me angry that you're trying to force me to accept as well. Suggesting that Apple is somehow responsible to make their DRM work on all OSes is doing exactly that. I say keep your DRM away from my free OS.

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