iTMS, now everyone needs a new iTunes
Since yesterday, Apple has prevented worldwide use of versions of iTunes prior to 4.2 to buy songs from the iTunes Music Store. Thus, the imposition of using more recent versions of the juke box that had already been applied to users in other European countries that from the time the debut of the new stores received an invitation to update iTunes was also extended to American, French, German and British customers. if they wanted to access the service.
According to what we learn from an official statement released by Cupertino now "to continue buying songs you need to use iTunes from version 4.5 onwards". Apple does not provide further information on the reasons that lead it to block access to previous versions of iTunes, but one can imagine that behind there are reasons for homologation of the technologies (as mentioned the customers of the new countries allowed to use the store must already have a new version of iTunes) and reasons of commercial opportunity in the offer of services. The latest versions of iTunes support features like iMix, Party Shuffle and CD cover printing. Version 4.7 essential for iPod Photo.
It should not be forgotten in the context of the reasons that lead to the obligation of updating that by operating in this way Apple is able to limit the use of unwanted software. This is the case of iPodDownload, a plug-in that allows you to effortlessly transfer the songs on iPod to HD, an operation not allowed by the software developed by Apple. The version 4.7 of iTunes disables the compatibility with this freeware product that Cupertino had already targeted in order to force the author to cancel the distribution.
According to Apple, the obligation to update iTunes to version 4.5 or higher is not a serious problem because today most users of the online store use recent versions. Less than 5% would use the dated version 4.2 or earlier.