NEWS - Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Xbox 360 Unable To Play Itunes

Xbox 360 Unable to play iTunes Music 11.08.2005 07:36 | Dusty | Xbox 360 | Read & Add Comments (32) | Link to this article It’s been known for a while that Xbox 360 will be able to stream music from iPod MP3 players to provide background music for games, but what will be news to many is that the console will be unable to play songs purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. This was revealed in a recent story posted on "When you plug your iPod in," Xbox digital-entertainment executive producer Jeff Henshaw told CNET, "the Xbox 360 automatically detects that it’s there. You can browse by artist or album or genre or by custom playlist." However, because of the iPod’s digital-rights-management software, the Xbox 360 cannot stream songs purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, Henshaw said. There’s a reason for that: Microsoft built its iPod connection without the support of the folks at Apple. "We do not have an official relationship with Apple for the iPod connectivity," said Scott Henson, product unit manager in Microsoft’s advanced technology group. He maintains that "Xbox 360 leverages standard protocols such as USB mass storage to enable iPod support." Henshaw said Microsoft tried to "engage" Apple in a partnership that would have officially made the iPod interoperable with Xbox, but Apple rejected the overture


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