There are lots of Macs in my office and everyone is furiously downloading iTunes 4 to check out the new software as well as the music store.
I’ve only tinkered with the store briefly… what has been fascinating is watching the playlists of co-workers appear in my shared music folder. Wow. Until this morning, I thought I had a lot of MP3s on my machine… Damn.
Currently, I have shared list on shuffle. I’m listening to country western — I do not, in fact, like country western music. I think I’ll keep running total of the size (by number of songs) of each of the libraries which show up:
516 (mine), 1990, 3211, 7, 486, 311, 240, 987, 2111, 135…
[Update]: Just noticed that iTunes maxes out the number of folks who can stream from your music @ 5. It’s unclear whether this is a performance check or ‘we don’t want you to be a radio station’ check. A quick examination via top revealed nothing interesting about the machine currently stream for five folks.
… the ads are up.
Feature request: Now that I know five people are listening to music on my machine, I’d really like to know what they’re listening to. Hacking commences…
… First test of the iTune music library. I was looking for one song off the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Not available — none of the album. Anyone know whether 200k songs is a lot or a little?
… My first run-in with the copyright infringement. I was randomly playing songs from someone’s else playfilist when I received the dialog “This computer is not authorized to play “Insert song here”. It asked for my .Mac account which I submitted. I was then presented with several pages of account verification forms which finished with a request for credit card information. HERE’S THE CONFUSING PART: Was I about to be billed for the song which was RANDOMLY being played or I was I just authorizing my Mac to listen to the song? If it was just authorization, why was I being asked for credit card information?
[(Not) Last Update]: The part of the iTunes story which is compelling is the licensing terms w/ the content. “..you can play your music on up to three computers, enjoy unlimited synching with your iPods, burn unlimited CDs of individual songs, and burn unchanged playlists up to 10 times each.” These are, by far, the best terms you can get for a music service. The big question is how are they enforcing playing music on three machines? I understand that as long as you’re in iTunes they can enforce the terms as they control a player, but is there anything preventing me from pushing a purchased MP3 to a PC? To a Mac using a different player? Is there any attempt at digital rights management?
[File Sharing Update]: iTunes 4 listens on port 3689 for file sharing requests (FYI: if you’re behind a firewall, you need to open this up in order to share) That port appears to be serving HTTP — I’m currently TCPDUMPing to see if I can slap together some Perl to watch what people are listening to on my machine.
… Continued hacking on port 3689. Rough conclusions…
DAAP server = Digital Audio Access Control = Apple’s DRM solution? Further investigation leads us to believe DAAP is related to the Rendezvous technology. MOVE ALONG. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
Doesn’t iTunes require Quicktime? Perhaps the file sharing is based on Quicktime streaming server? Perhaps there is documentation on the developer network?
… MacRumors posted a nice summary of the DRM in iTunes 4.
… How to create links to the iTunes store