The latest enemy to face the tech equivalent of “The Wrath of Khan” is poor Rob Glaser at RealNetworks.
Real’s not doing so hot lately.
I note that when I download video clips these days, they always seem to be in Quicktime or Windows Media Viewer format.
RealPlayer seems to have dropped off the virtual map.
That bodes ill for Real. For real.
Anyhow, RealNetworks has hacked Apple’s music software code, so that shoppers at its online music store can buy songs and put ‘em on their iPods.
When Real announced Monday that it was giving away software called Harmony that allowed people to download songs from its site onto their iPods, Apple said, “No comment.”
Clearly, they’ve studied the hack, and decided it’s time to strike back.
Apple yesterday said it was “stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod.”
Earlier this year, Glaser sent Apple CEO Steve Jobs an email seeking ways to make their digital music systems compatible.
Basically, Steve said to Rob, “Eat shit and die.”
Now Glaser has decided it’s do-or-die time for Real.
RealNetworks replied to Apple’s statement that “Harmony follows in a well-established tradition of fully legal, independently developed paths to achieve compatibility.”
RealNetwork’s statement added, “There is ample and clear precedent for this activity, for instance, the first I.B.M. compatible PCs from Compaq.”
But Apple had the last word, stating, “When we update our iPod software from time to time it is highly likely that Real’s Harmony technology will cease to work.”
Which update will occur quite imminently, I guarantee you.
Once that happens, all the money you’ve spent at Real’s store to buy and download music will be wasted, since, as Don McLean noted many years ago in his classic, “American Pie,” that’ll be “the day the music died.” At least, in your iPod.
I find it enormously amusing to see the one-time hacker king, Steve Jobs, he who, for years, bragged about the legendary “blue boxes” he created as a teen-ager, along with his best bud Steve Wozniak, to make free long distance calls, is now determined to destroy a hack on his creation.
I guess being a billionaire changes your perspective a bit.
This is so similar to how an intense love affair, once it goes bad, becomes rage, sometimes leading to murder.
Strong emotions are dangerous, powerful, earth-shaking things.
There is nothing more frightening than a devotee who recants.