Topic: But why can't Chumby be an iTunes client?
In another thread not specifically about this topic, Duane Chumbian said "I'd *love* to support iTunes sharing - unfortunately Apple has locked that system down, so it simply can't be done." I've read similar in several other messages on the forums as well.
We all know that Apple can be a big pain in the ass to deal with sometimes, but I'm not sure that this is completely accurate.
I have a Roku Soundbridge Alarm Clock and it can be an iTunes client. Of course it can't play .m4p DRM protected songs from the iTunes music store (that *is* locked down), but it can play .mp3 and .m4a songs in the Library. 99% of my library isn't .m4p songs, and I suspect that is true of most iTunes users. If Roxio can do it, shouldn't Chumby be able to do it?
My TiVo can also play songs in my iTunes Library direct from the Mac, though they cheat a little bit and require you to run some extra client software on the Mac to stream the songs to the tivo. Chumby could do something similar if they had to.
So I ask, what exactly is "locked down"? Is it the .m4p protected songs that you are talking about? Because I suspect that most users would be happy just being able to play the non-DRM songs intheir iTunes Library.