Windows on Mac & DRM

This episode of the Macworld Podcast looks squarely at Apple but just a bit to the left and right of the Mac. To the left are Apple’s past and present digital rights management efforts. To the right, running Windows on the Mac. Somewhere in between, the opening of Boston’s Boylston Street Apple Store. We cover all three in episode 121.

We begin the show with a short interview between Your Mac Life’s Shawn King, MacUser.com’s Co-Editor Dan Moren, and Apple’s Senior VP of Retail, Ron Johnson, conducted during last week’s noisy store opening.

Mr. Moren then joins me live over Skype to discuss the past, present, and future of media and digital rights management. And yes, that discussion includes gratuitous pokes at Microsoft and the Zune.

Finally, seemingly ever-present guest, Macworld Senior Editor (and Mac OS X Hints Overlord), Rob Griffiths, returns to talk about the ways and means of running Windows on a Mac.

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Show Notes

I opened the show by mentioning that I’d recently penned a piece about the new Netflix Player and promised a link in the show notes. Consider that promise fulfilled.

When Shawn King isn’t, by happy accident, appearing on our podcast, he has this little show of his own that you might have heard of—Your Mac Life. If you want to hear his interview with Ron Johnson, head on over to the YML site and click the Click Here to Listen link. The May 14th show features that interview as well as an interview our own Dan Moren.

During the course of Dan’s and my DRM discussion we refer to numerous milestones. They include Steve Jobs’ infamous Thoughts on Music open letter, Apple and EMI’s iTunes Plus press conference, and iTunes Plus.

As Rob and I talk about running Windows on the Mac a couple of applications are mentioned time and again—Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion. Both are available in trial versions.

Sponsor

This podcast is sponsored by MYOB Small Business Management Software.

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