Apple locks new iPods to iTunes

Although this probably isn’t a problem for the majority of users who use iPods, those who use Linux, or suffer from some weird allergic reaction to iTunes will probably be upset to learn that the new iPods, namely the new “fat” iPod Nano, the iPod Touch, and the iPod Classic have all been “locked” so that they only work with the iTunes software.

I don’t think that this lock will last for long, and soon users will be find out ways to put their music on their iPods without the use of iTunes. But unless you’re using Linux… I really have to ask why?

If you want a music player that just shows up as an external disk and allows you to drag-and-drop music why did you buy an iPod? And is dragging-and-dropping music from iTunes all that different from doing it with Windows Explorer?

Apple was able to secure it’s $.99 per song deal because they developed the iPod and iTunes in a way that wouldn’t allow users to spread the purchased songs in whichever way they preferred. And I don’t know about you… but hitting the search box and looking for an artist or an album on iTunes is much faster than doing the same thing on Winamp, for example, and then synchronize the tracks to the iPod.

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