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New iPods Try, Fail to Block Linux

Sep 17, 2007, 14:00 (1 Talkback[s])

BoingBoing: New iPods Reengineered to Block Synching with Linux

"The latest iPods have a cryptographic 'checksum' in their song databases that prevents third-party applications from synching with the portable music players. This means that iPods can no longer be used with operating systems where iTunes doesn't exist--like Linux, where gtkpod and Amarok are common free tools used by iPod owners to load their players.

"Notice that this has nothing to do with piracy--this is about Apple limiting the choices available to people who buy their iPod hardware..."

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ipodminusitunes: We've Won!

"Thanks to some inspired work by a few heroes, we've managed to work out how to get everything working again.

"This is what we've found out: the hash at 0x58 is the one that matters. And we know how to generate it..."

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