A continued war waged between Apple and Real Networks over the ability to play Real tracks on the iPod has culminated in a playful and oddly erotic pillow fight between the two companies.
The move has baffled and disturbed those who follow the digital music industry.
“This is not how I expected this to end at all,” said a visibly uncomfortable Playlist magazine editor in chief Jason Snell, watching the two companies cavorting sensually on a bed.
“I mean, continued technological one-upmanship, some nasty press releases, maybe a legal battle – I was prepared for those. But this? This is just creepy. The giggling… the skimpy outfits…
“And the fact that it’s all in slow motion is frankly just gratuitous.”
Few indeed saw this development coming, as the conflict over Real’s Harmony technology, which enabled tracks bought from Real to play on the iPod, seemed poised to escalate. But there was one witness.
“I saw the whole thing,” said iPod user Javier Roeher. “Apple issued an update to the iPod software, disabling Harmony. Then Real kind of pushed Apple, and Apple slapped Real. Then there was some hair pulling and some kicking and… all of a sudden, out of nowhere, some pillows appeared and…
Roeher seemed set to see how the pillow fight turned out.
“I’ve got a sandwich and some bottled water and I’m not moving,” Roeher said.
“It might get better.”
Snell simply shook his head.
“That’s just too weird for me,” he concluded.