Real, Apple, & iTunes
In reading my daily dose of tech news, I ran across this story about Real Networks, and their recent reverse engineering of the Apple iPod.
The short of it is that Real Networks (a company who I’ve believed to be technically irrelevant for some time now) decided that they were going to essentially reverse engineer the Apple iPod, so they could make their own songs play on it, as opposed to the tradtional ways of putting music on one’s iPod. Anyway, Real has taken other steps to try and grow their business, like taking a loss on downloadable music, and putting up petitions designed to get Apple to “open up”.
That’s where the fun begins. Read the link above. There’s tons of humour in people’s reactions to these petitions, and moreso Real’s responses to the various uh.. “uses” of their petitions. :)