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Update — No DRM In New iPod Shuffle 264

An anonymous reader writes "BoingBoing Gadgets has updated their story from yesterday on DRM contained in the new iPod Shuffle. (We also discussed this rumor last week.) It's a false alarm. There is a chip in the headphone controls but it is just an encoder chip. There is no DRM and no reason to believe that third party headphones wouldn't work with the new Shuffle. (Apple would still prefer you to license the encoder under the Made for iPod program, but with no DRM, there is no DMCA risk to a manufacturer reverse engineering it.) The money quote: 'For the record, we do not believe that the new iPod headphones with in-line remote use DRM that affects audio playback in any way.'"
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Update — No DRM In New iPod Shuffle

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  • by Macrat ( 638047 ) on Tuesday March 17, 2009 @03:23AM (#27222211)
    While this was a false alarm, Slashdot will still consider Apple evil, right?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17, 2009 @04:29AM (#27222489)

    And a few hours later, some clever basement denizen in a Scandinavian country runs into the DRM while trying to cross blend the iDevice with a more obscure Linux distro. The intertubes was horrified to discover the Truth about DRM, again.

    Aargh, they're back! Keep them away! Those men in dark robes, with hoods over their heads: chanting, chanting....

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17, 2009 @08:41AM (#27223687)

    I've gone through at least three pairs of ear buds for my iPod because if I forget them out, my cats like to chew on the ends. So I ran out to Target and got a replacement pair for $12 from some shmoe brand.

    But then, I just wanted to listen to music on something that works, not put on airs of superiority online while jerking off.

  • by name*censored* ( 884880 ) on Tuesday March 17, 2009 @09:16AM (#27224015)

    Yes, good day sir. I wish to inform you that I shall NOT be refraining from raping your mother and eating your father. Please do not suffer the illusion that your parents will be left un-assailed.

    There we are. Now I may ravage or consume your parents with utter impudence, because I never said I wouldn't (in fact, I strongly implied I would!).

    Bother! It would STILL be evil, even if I proclaimed I were to do it! Amazing! Therefore, dishonesty is not necessarily a prerequisite of evil!

    Wankbox [...] OggWankis

    Ah yes, another crippling counterargument from a skilled orator. Well played sir, putting the word "wank" in your sentence sure annulled the fact that IT IS PRETTY DAMN EVIL TO INTENTIONALLY GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO SABOTAGE PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT THEIR HARDWARE TO PLAY NICE WITH THEIR SOFTWARE.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17, 2009 @11:14AM (#27225593)

    That only turns the unit off, put it in sequential playback mode or shuffle playback mode.

    There's no play/pause/skip forward/skip backward buttons on the player itself.

    Do some research before your start talking about something.

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller