07 September 2005

iTunes 5 and mt-daapd Incompatible

It doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Apple broke compatibility with mt-daapd as part of their release of iTunes 5 today. Complaints are already starting to appear from users.

Packet dumps are easy enough to generate that folks will work around this soon. It’s hard to say why Apple even bothers breaking compatibility like this since it is so trivial to work around. These sorts of intervention efforts will continue to be futile, much like the purported protection of things like the so-called broadcast flag that consumer products can ignore (or be rigged to do so). You can’t give media to an end-user and think you’ll stop them from extracting it into whatever they want to use it for. You can only make it into an attractive challenge for intelligent people who need something interesting to kill time with.