New iPods Try, Fail to Block Linux
Sep 17, 2007, 14:00 (1 Talkback[s])
BoingBoing: New iPods Reengineered to Block Synching with
"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
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..."