Will Apple will actually sue Real over Real's breaking Apple's FairPlay DRM? Real apparently admitted that it has left itself open to a suit in a recent SEC filing. Macworld, says:
Real created its digital rights management translation technology, which it calls Harmony to enable consumers to securely transfer purchased music to digital music devices, including iPods and Windows Media-protected devices.
"Harmony is designed to enable consumers to transfer music purchased from our RealPlayer Music Store to a wide variety of portable music," the company said.
The management report confirms a risk that: "Apple will continue to modify its technology to "break" the interoperability that Harmony provides to consumers, which Apple has done in connection with the release of certain new products. If Apple chooses to continue this course of action, Harmony may no longer work with Apple's products, which could harm our business and reputation, or we may be forced to incur additional development costs to refine Harmony to make it interoperate again."
Real adds, "although we believe our Harmony technology is legal, there is no assurance that a court would agree with our position."