What would happen if itunes closed?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Dingo Dave 69, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Dingo Dave 69 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    I am buying more and more of my music, films and tv shows from itunes and watching them on appletv. If itunes closed or apple stop making appleTV what would happen to all of this content?

    I use my appleTV for most of my films and tv shows and don't like the idea that if they ditch it I can't watch my programs as I like in my lounge.

    Can itunes stream to other units? Can I stream movies etc from itunes to a 360 or a PS3 for instance?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I don't believe that you would be unable to continue to view the content for which you have already paid, but you would obviously not be able to get any more music or media from it.

    But I could be wrong. Guys, if iTunes died server-side, would all of our purchases be rendered unusable?
  3. StealthRider macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2002
    Yokosuka, Japan
    As long as they kept the FairPlay authentication servers up, you should be fine. If they took those down as well, we're all screwed.
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Someone would reverse engineer Fairplay, release an app to remove the DRM, and no one would be around to fight it.
  5. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    What, like Requiem?

    (Currently disabled by 8.0.2)
  6. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    iTunes can stream to an XBox 360, but anything with DRM on will not play (i.e. all movies and tv shows).
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    iTunes is the No. 1 music distributor in the U.S. Why in the hayull are you worried about it closing?

    If such a near-impossibility happened, it wouldn't happen overnight. You could burn all of your music to audio CDs, which would strip it of its DRM. You wouldn't need to do this for any iTunes Plus songs.

    I doubt Apple will stop making the ATV, but if they did, you can sync videos to an iPod and then connect that way, or you can hook up any sort of Mac to the TV.
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    What does the disability mean? I haven't updated because I don't know what to expect. Does iTunes just not recognize the files or does it delete them?
  9. bunit macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2007
    Westerly RI

    And the moon would sink into the ocean!!:eek:
  10. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008

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