Company EMI, who use Macrovision technology to prevent people from making copies of CDs or ripping the music on them, has run afoul of Apple recently, due to statements they made that apparently “aren't quite accurate”. Macrovision promised iPod and iTunes compatibility quite some time ago, but apparently that isn't the case.
EMI is using Macrovision's anti-rip CD system, and this week told the world: "Apple is nearly finished with the technical work necessary to enable consumers to transfer music from content-protected discs to their iPods... music consumers will soon be able to legitimately port music from protected discs they own to the iPod."
Apple went on record saying that the claim was false, and that EMI had no base to make such a claim. DRM and other such technologies are taking increasing amounts of heat, doubly so with the recent Sony scandal. Macrovision wants Apple to start licensing particular technologies to make this happen, but Apple doesn't want to play the game any way except the Apple way. And, for its faults, that's probably a good thing. It is interesting how digital rights not only is affecting relationships between customers and companies, but also relationships between companies.