Did Apple Plant a DRM “Rogue” Chip in its New iPod Shuffle?

March 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A recent iLounge review of Apple’s latest release of its iPod shuffle player, claimed Apple inserted a rogue DRM, authentication chip in the headphones. The DRM chip iLounge claimed, prevents manufacturers from making cheaper, knock off compatible headphones, unless they pay a licensing fee. The iLounge’s rogue chip claims, set off a firestorm in the technological community over the weekend, with accusations flying left and right against Apple, claiming it planted the DRM chip so it could raise prices, forcing customers to buy only propriety Apple devices, which would crush innovation. Well, everyone needs to take a deep breath and calm down according to Apple, which denies any placement of a DRM chip to prevent third-party headphone knockoffs.

Apple explained that the so-called “DRM” chip is just an innovative remote control system; needed because the new shuffle doesn’t have buttons and completely relies on the audio voice over navigation and new integrated controls. Instead of an evil conspiracy to stifle innovation with a rogue chip, Apple claims it’s just an improved design using full USB signaling, eliminating the need for a separate USB port. Apple expects third-party manufactures will soon be releasing control-integrated headphones and adaptors compatible with the new iPod shuffle player.


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