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iCommune will come back to life

iCommune does not die, but will have a new life, this time independent of Apple's proprietary code, and interesting new features.

The announcement comes from John Speth, creator and developer of the software that aroused a lot of interest a few days ago when it was released.

As our readers will remember iCommune, an application that relying on iTunes was able to put the playlists of the applications for digital audio for Mac on the network, both locally and on the Internet, had been suspended on Apple's initiative. Concerned about the negative feedback and the bad light that iCommune could have thrown on the applications for the digital hub, it had forced Speth to cancel its availability by basing its requests on the use of part of proprietary code freely available to developers, but not usable in a software application but only to make the hardware compatible with iTunes.

Speth now announces from its website that it has decided to rewrite iCommune as an independent application, free from any Apple code or interface but with the same function: to share music libraries on the network. ICommune, Speth explains from his (meager) website, will be able to generate playlists for MP3 players and communicators and file controllers using AppleEvents.

Speth, above all, announces that iCommune will be compatible with Rendez Vous, the network technology without configuration designed by Apple.

For now, no release date for the new version of iCommune has been set. Those who want more information can subscribe to the mailing list set up specifically to report on development progress.