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    Hi there... In an attempt to test Banshee, I put a few Itunes songs into my music folder and tried to play them. It didn't. Then, I got to reading in the forums and noticed that there was a "one click" configuration for Gnome users. After doing some more reading, I saw a lot of references to restricted codecs and things of that nature. After beginning the one-click process and then aborting midway through installation, three questions come to mind:

    1) Why all the warnings about legalities of downloading the codecs/files? If I bought the music and I use the codecs to listen to it, where does legalities come into play?

    2) While installing some of the different files, etc in the one-click process, I received a few warnings that a particular file was not from a trusted source (I don't remember the info verbatim) and then it gave me an email address, presumably from the developer, and asked if I wanted to install it anyway.

    3) If I do go through the one-click process, will I be able to listen to I-tunes or am I pretty much screwed on I-tunes on linux?

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    Default Re: A few newbie questions about multimedia

    Just run the OneClick and be done with it
    It's safe and fine

    i-Tunes? Do you mean music you downloaded form there?
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    Default Re: A few newbie questions about multimedia

    On Wed, 13 Apr 2011 04:06:02 +0000, Mazate wrote:

    > 1) Why all the warnings about legalities of downloading the
    > codecs/files? If I bought the music and I use the codecs to listen to
    > it, where does legalities come into play?


    Because the codecs are covered in some countries by patents, and they may
    or may not be properly licensed for use in those countries. There's more
    to it than just legally owning the music - you have to legally have
    access to the technology that allows the files to be played on your
    computer.

    Some codecs contain patented technologies in some jurisdictions; others
    don't.

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    And is that technology properly licensed for use in this country? (US)

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Just run the OneClick and be done with it
    It's safe and fine


    i-Tunes? Do you mean music you downloaded form there?
    Legal is mainly what I'm concerned about.

    Music I bought from there, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazate View Post
    Legal is mainly what I'm concerned about.

    Music I bought from there, yes.
    AFAIK music from iTunes is DRM locked in to apple devices. In other words, you can only play it in apple devices/software. Apple do not provide iTunes software for Linux. I know my Son had an apple device and iTunes too, something he now very much regrets. (Ignored my advice of course)

    As for the legal side in the US. Jim should be able to clarify that, as he is a US citizen. And a Novell employee.
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    [QUOTE=caf4926;2322798]AFAIK music from iTunes is DRM locked in to apple devices. In other words, you can only play it in apple devices/software. Apple do not provide iTunes software for Linux. I know my Son had an apple device and iTunes too, something he now very much regrets. (Ignored my advice of course)[QUOTE]

    Well, from what I've read about Banshee, it clearly states that it will play Itunes music, and even sync with an ipod.

    As for the legal side, I'd love to hear Jim's take on it.

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    All I can tell you is there are licences for playback, such as libdvdcss for dvd's
    It all makes not a dot of sense to me. What kind of kick do these people get out of such licences. Load of old 'Codswallop' if you ask me.
    I have friends that use windows and can't play half the stuff they have. I just tell them, install VLC player, it should do the job, and it does.

    I think you are worrying unnecessarily about the OneClick.

    As for the ipod. All I can say is good luck. Wouldn't touch one, never had one, never want one.
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    According to the USA congress and senate libdvdcss for dvd's IS 100% illegal. It uses a illegal number ( that number -the hash - was deemed illegal by the us congress )
    Illegal number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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