Apple’s DRM Blamed for Broken Apps

Earlier this week iOS users noticed that a number of their apps were suddenly broken and unplayable. Over 70 apps including popular titles like Angry Birds were broken after a new update from Apple was deployed. It turns out the real culprit was Apple's DRM scheme, FairPlay. The short story is that, after the update was deployed, the DRM failed to recognize the game or app in question as "valid" and even uninstalling and reinstalling the app wouldn’t fix the problem. While developers and Apple are claiming that the problem has been resolved, users who installed the update during the July 3 – 5 period are still claiming to have problems.

Apple also claims that the problem was not widespread, but having 70 apps become inexplicably broken should probably not be considered "isolated incidents."

For more information on FairPlay, check out this Wikipedia entry.

Source: Guardian by way of The Escapist

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    olstar18 says:

    The way I understood it there were no problems when the ipod had been released because of the results from the previous court cases determining that they could release hardware and software to play media but couldn't make the media itself.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    It seems to be a slightly sarcastic comment playing on the historical event in which Apple Records sued Apple Computers for trademark infringement which resulted in a settlement allowing Apple Computers to keep its name as long as it stayed out of the music business. There was many an uncomfortable moment when Apple Computers released the iPod.

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    olstar18 says:

    Bullshit. Apple is one of the best music recording companies out there. They really need to sue thaty pathetic little throw away electronics company for infringement on their copyrighted name.

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