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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

No iTunes streaming for you...'ve got too many friends! BoingBoing is reporting that the new iTunes Terms of Service (TOS) limit the number of different people you're allowed to stream your iTunes music to in any given 24 hr period:
But once you install the new iTunes 4.7.1 "update" (more accurate to call it a "downgrade") you lose that ability. Without telling anyone, Apple has stolen some of the rights you paid for when you bought your iTunes music, by adding limits to the number of people you can stream your music to in a 24 hour period. Imagine if your boom-box refused to switch itself on if too many people were in the room -- the 21st Century equivalent of gathering in one room to listen to music is gathering on one network to do so, and Apple has just appointed itself the absolute, tyrannical ruler of the size of the social group that you're allowed to stream iTunes music to.

This is very disappointing, as iTunes streaming started out as one of the sweetest implementations available and has been continually eroded over time.


  • This article seems to imply that the limitation applies to songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store!

    Nope, folks, this also applies to your own MP3's and AAC's as well... even to songs you've ripped from your own CD's, with no DRM.

    By Joshua, at 8:41 PM  

  • while apple is the easy target here. i'd be willing to bet money that the RIAA and their ilk had a hand in these limitations. apple has to deal with the devil to keep us happy with a wide selection at ITMS.

    By kacy, at 9:40 AM  

  • That, I think, can be taken as a given. It wouldn't make sense for Apple to restrict features of it's own accord; the costs for engineering and testing alone would negate that unless there was an signifigant external influence.

    I think the word I'm looking for is 'capitulation'.

    By Chris, at 6:42 AM  

  • That is so dumb of Apple (or whoever made them do it). Case in point: I used to work in a site with 800+ people in the network. At any given moment, there were no more than 10 people sharing iTunes. However, several of them had great CD collections that I learned to like. What did I do? I bought most of them. Sharing is one way of getting to know about new music but I think that record companies (and Apple seems to agree with them) just look at the downside and think of users as thieves.

    By Tomas Sancio, at 5:48 AM  

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