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Jaap_98
2006-03-28, 08:16
After reading the AllienBBC SuCKS thread I thought I would start this one. Although I find the tone incorrect, the thread is too long and the real message is ,in my view, lost.

Although someone mentioning that realaudio should not be supported "as their products suck", it is still a fact that a vast amount of stations are streamed using this format.

Before I bought my sb3 I saw that the real format support was being looked into. Although I am very happy with the SB3, (So much so that I will buy one or maybe 2 more), and I am for the moment happy to use AlienBBC (Many thanks to the developers!!!), I would still really like to see native real support.

It would make life much easier and enable us to listen to those stations via squeezenetwork (great, thanks slimdevices!), without the pc switched on.

With regards to frustrations installing plugins, I have had a few, but have found the community extremely helpful.

Bennett, Gavin (LDN Int)
2006-03-28, 08:29
Jaap_98,

The problem with Real Audio is their rules that disallow transcoding and they do not support an API.

The French are discussing a law that would force Real to allow other companies to have access to the DRM'd data. Hoepfuly other countries will follow.....


Gavin

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Jaap_98
2006-03-28, 08:39
Hi Gavin,

thanks for the reply. I had no idea that DRM was involved. Are all Real streams DRM protected?

I read the french case and although I am no fan of apple formats, I feel that the consumer is able (and should) choose where they get their music, I am not sure a government should force manufacturers which format they should use or how open it should be. Typical case of French intervention in my view. That asside of course I agree taht if it were opened all would benefit, except possibly? apple themselves.
(Please do not see this as an anti french rant, it is just the french polititians I have problems with)

Bennett, Gavin (LDN Int)
2006-03-28, 08:45
Jaap_98

RealAudio - DRM. Technialy it probably does not have DRM, I am not sure. But the point of their licensing etc is to prevnt your from re-using/transcoding the data. That sounds like DRM to me.....

As to the French - they are a little strange in many ways but on this point they are way ahead of the game.

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