Miscellany

Law to make iTunes compatible with Microsoft?

US legislators are debating whether to force Apple’s products to interoperate with Microsoft’s.

The Congress have been considering a plan that would outlaw music protected by proprietary digital rights management (DRM) technology, such as Apple’s FairPlay, which stops iTunes downloads being played on Microsoft digital music players and vice versa.
Fine, then at the same time, they should prevent Microsoft Office from using proprietary file formats which stops Office documents from being used in competitors’ office software. In fact, they should just enforce open formats for every computer program.

Oh yeah, and that region encoding bit on DVDs should be done away with too…

Law to make iTunes compatible with Microsoft?

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