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Real CEO urges Apple to open iPod

During a panel discussion Tuesday at PC Forum in Arizona, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said that Apple is creating problems for itself by using a file format (AAC with its FairPlay DRM) that forces consumers to buy legal music from Apple’s own iTunes Music Store. “Because Apple’s iPod music player does not support other proprietary music formats and does not license its own format to rivals, Real’s Rhapsody and other song sites are blocked from easily reaching iPod users,” notes CNET “Apple’s (market) share will go down if they continue to do this,” Glaser said. “The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes.” [Editor’s Note: Music CDs can be imported into Apple’s iTunes software and uploaded to an iPod, both on Mac and Windows. Purchasing music from the iTunes Music Store is not the only way to put songs on an iPod.]

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