iCommune music sharing tech gets new lease on life

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iCommune seems to be headed in new directions. Just days after Apple's legal department put an effective end to its life as an iTunes plug-in, iCommune's developer has updated the Web site with details about his new plans.

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James G. Speth, iCommune's creator, created the software as a way for iTunes users to share their music libraries with one another. iCommune had been created in part with an Application Programming Interface (API) made available to Mac developers by Apple.

Following iCommune's release as public beta software, Speth received a letter from Apple revoking his license and telling him to remove the software from distribution. The API that Speth used was meant specifically to enable hardware devices like MP3 players to work with iTunes, not for the development that ultimately resulted in iCommune.

Now Speth plans to recreate iCommune as a complete standalone application, this time free of any proprietary Apple code or interface use. iCommune's new incarnation will manage network-accessible music libraries, will generate and manage playlists for MP3 players, and will communicate and control MP3 players using AppleEvents.

What's more, Speth plans to make iCommune work with Rendezvous, Apple's zero-configuration networking technology. Rendezvous support was planned for iCommune's earlier incarnation, as well.

Speth also plans to make an indexer for iCommune that supports XML, or Extensible Markup Language, and that properly handles non-ASCII characters. He also wants to make iCommune open-source.

Speth hasn't offered a specific timetable for when to expect the new version of iCommune, but he has set up two separate mailing lists for users who want to stay apprised of the latest developments.

This story, "iCommune music sharing tech gets new lease on life" was originally published by PCWorld.

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