Apple to license its FairPlay DRM scheme

Apple has tightly guarded its FairPlay DRM scheme since the iTunes Music Store’s inception, but the company may now finally license the scheme to third parties. British website says it has learned that Apple will soon announce plans to license FairPlay to third-party companies who have Made for iPod licenses—in other words, iPod accessory makers. The site says this licensing might initially allow iPod accessories to display album art or to stream iTunes music digitally, but that in the longer term, it could forebode a move by Apple to loosen the iTunes/iPod lock-in. In the meantime, Netgear has already announced a device dubbed the Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000 that can stream songs purchased from the iTunes store to HDTVs and digital audio systems. Thanks to Engadget for the link.

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