It's called competition, kid

— 4:12 PM on July 29, 2004

In a statement issued today, Apple Computer formally registered its displeasure with RealNetworks' Harmony software. The 'Pod people in Cupertino believe Real has taken on the ''tactics and ethics of a hacker''. Apple said it will seek to lock the company out of iPod in future firmware updates. Furthermore, Apple claimed it is scrutinizing Real's move under the DMCA and other laws. Real countered by saying that its Harmony technology is legal, because it is not reverse-engineered, and the law allows for interoperability. In addition, Real says that it should not be Apple, but consumers, who decide what music files can be played on their iPods.

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