In January 2009, Apple announced that the entire i Tunes Store music catalog would become available in the higher-quality, DRM-free format, after reaching agreements with all the major record labels as well as "thousands of independent labels". Fixed the Global Speed display bug Version 188.8.131.524 (September/21/2014) Added IE and Firefox addons o Update Firefox addon for new Firefox versions o Update cloud videos detected from IE and Firefox addons !! Fix command line bugs of starting up from addons Version 184.108.40.2065 (July/4/2014) Added Get Go123 mode with an embedded web browser Added navigation website content search, website browse, download and video detected one-stop opration Added brand new GUI style o Updated cloud detected of video o Remove IE and Firefox add-ons !!When a user registers a new computer with i Tunes, the device requests authorization from Apple's servers, thereby gaining a user key.Upon attempting to play a file, the master key stored within the file is then matched to the user key, and if successful, allows playing.Fair Play was a digital rights management (DRM) technology developed by Apple Inc.It is built into the MP4 multimedia file format as an encrypted AAC audio layer, and is used by the company to protect copyrighted works sold through i Tunes Store, allowing only authorized devices to play the content.
In February 2007, an open letter by Steve Jobs, Apple's then-CEO, discussed the use of DRM on music, raising points about the future of the protection and announcing the company's support for ending the use of DRM.
Although the open letter initially caused mixed industry reactions, Apple signed a deal with a major record label the following month to offer i Tunes customers a purchase option for a higher-quality, DRM-free version of the label's tracks.
In January 2009, Apple signed deals with all major record labels as well as a large number of independent labels to offer all i Tunes music in the DRM-free option.
In July 2004, Real Networks introduced its Harmony technology.
The Harmony technology was built into the company's Real Player and allowed users of the Real Player Music Store to play their songs on the i Pod.