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CNET: Hackers: iTunes can be shared over Net

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, May 12, 2003
News Categories: iTunes

CNET‘s staff writer, John Borland reports on the latest music trend sweeping the Internet as iTunes 4 users have discovered that they can share their music collection with others. It was thought that iTunes 4 only supported sharing over a LAN (local area network), but several programmers have discovered that iTunes 4 does have Internet sharing capabilities built-in and are beginning to exploit the unsupported feature.

“Apple itself did not release documentation on the over-the-Net sharing features and does not officially support the efforts. 

iTunes ‘is not meant to be used in any other way than for personal use,’ said an Apple representative. The company said it will be monitoring the trend, but had no further comment.”

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1

I believe that it only is sharing, not copying. So if you’re just sharing music (streaming it) then you’re fine. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

Posted by kainjow on May 13, 2003 at 3:26 AM (PDT)

2

Well, i remember to recall people streaming files and other people just converting that stream to a file on their disk. Depending on the ‘quality’ of you stream, i suppose you could be ‘downloading’ the file through the stream ...

Correct me if i am wrong too smile

Posted by Oenie in Belgium on May 13, 2003 at 4:03 AM (PDT)

3

Unfortunately, even streaming requires a license from the copyright holder.  It makes no difference that the file is not actually saved on the recipient’s computer. Any “broadcast” of copyrighted music would be a copyright violation.

Posted by Warlock on May 13, 2003 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

4

What I don’t understand is all the hubub about “hacking” and “hidden” or “secret” features in iTunes.  While the SpyMac search function definitely takes things a few steps into this realm, let’s please not get too in awe of the people who merely stream iTunes libraries over the Internet.  Keep in mind that the iTunes “Advanced” menu has a “Connect to shared music…” option built right into it which allows anyone the full capability to stream another Mac’s music without the need for any “hacking” or poking around.  Apple clearly had no intention of “hiding” this feature.

All that most of these sites do is collect IP addresses and preface the URLs with a “daap:/”.  That’s not hacking.

Posted by Dave in MPLS on May 13, 2003 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

5

This sounds like what we used to do back in the day, when we could hear a song on the radio and record it to tape.  It wasn’t the greatest quality, but I can’t imagine a stream being better than the original too.

I don’t use the feature, but it’s nice that it’s there. This is part of the Rendesvouz magic, is it not?  It’s not hacking!!!

Posted by serpico on May 13, 2003 at 1:06 PM (PDT)

6

I want to download free songs to my Ipod

Posted by joseph on June 16, 2005 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

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