Advertisements but to play iTunes music on say a Zen mp3 player you do first have to burn it to CD so you cna rip back as MP3 or WAV, correct ? and remember that TiVo desktop was blocked from allowing HMO to work with ACC files due to Apple not licensing fairPlay to anyone. also some media execs were pretty upset when TiVo anounced desktop conversion for shows to the iPod unilaterally after Apple would not talk with TiVo on a way to work with iTunes to do that. so yes, Apple does indeed protect its revenue stream from iTunes and the iPod lineup very fiercly and wants consumers to just buy the iPod and use iTunes so that they make easy and make it harder for others to the etxent they can. not saying this is a monopoly as I have never thought about the finer points of defining one, but the reality is that Apple works to keep its products easier to use than others and a big part of that strategy for iTunes is to use fairplay. More power to them, don't like it don't use them and no need to so it is definitely not a market monopoly. now cable and sat providers do the same thing by default with their digital cable box. For cable there are franchise agrements that give me no choice on cable provider. I could never use Comcast where I live but at least I can still use a TiVo and later this year I can use a better TiVo and get HD if desired. I could go to a sat provider and indeed choose from two where I am so that eases the monopoly position somewhat but it does indeed minimize competition through no action of my own, like using iTunes. so the FCC needs to keep on these few choices of mine and make sure things stay fair among them and fair for me.