Wired: Apple Prohibits iTunes Movie Rentals on Fifth-Generation and Older iPods

by Volker Weber

A number of iPod owners have discovered that their recently purchased iPods won't work with Apple's new iTunes video rentals, even though the iPods have video playback capabilities.

As of Tuesday, the issue had been raised multiple times in Apple's support forums. So far the company's only response has been to confirm that movie rentals work only with the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic and the third-generation iPod nano. Earlier iPods, including fifth-generation iPods sold before the September 2007 release of the sixth-generation iPod classic, are incompatible with rented videos.

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You may also have noticed that some peripherals don't play with current iPods anymore, especially video adapters. There we go again. Digital restrictions management.

Repeat after me: DRM is bad for the customer.


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