3rd Generation iPod Nano write support?

Hal Burgiss hal at burgiss.net
Sat Mar 14 16:50:00 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 3:59 PM, Derek Broughton <derek at pointerstop.ca> wrote:
> Bill Moseley wrote:
>> My son purchased the bulk of his music using iTunes on an old PowerPC
>> iBook (which is now dead with a hardware failure) so of course, the
>> bulk of the music can't be played via Rhythmbox due to the DRM issues.
> While, of course, I would never suggest you circumvent DRM, I find the
> concept that "of course" Rhythmbox can't play it because of DRM issues
> surprising.  I would strongly suspect that it _can_ (I don't do iPods,
> iTunes or Rhythmbox).

Having fought this issue recently I feel fairly confident there is
nothing in any Ubuntu repository that will allow playing of such
music. Somebody prove me wrong, please. Maybe there is "hacker"
software somewhere that will remove the DRM. The chinese are good at
the kind of thing. They just cracked the iTunes gift card encryption.
For all intents and purposes, this stuff will not play in native
Linux. I have gotten older iTunes versions to run in Wine, but I hate
Wine and pretty much won't go there. But in native players, I think
its a dead duck.

As to the new non-DRM itunes stuff, its still crippled and difficult
to use in open type formats. Its not mp3 or standard format like that.
You can't just burn it to a cd like you can say, the stuff sold on
Amazon. At least not without jumping through some hoops, which I think
will require a Windows or Mac system with iTunes on it. Again, feel
free to correct me. And maybe something has changed very recently. I
called iTunes tech support on this issue right after the non-DRM stuff
was available, and the hoop jumping aspects turned me off.


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