I have written about DRM many times previously and what an evil, anti-consumer, scum-sucking device it is. Many of the comments on these posts disagreed with my position.
I really began to doubt my thinking on DRM though when Bill Gates, speaking about DRM seemed to agree with me!:
People should just buy a cd and rip it
However, overnight Steve Jobs has come out with an open letter pleading for music companies to let him sell DRM-free music!
the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.
Much of the concern over DRM systems has arisen in European countries. Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free. For Europeans, two and a half of the big four music companies are located right in their backyard. The largest, Universal, is 100% owned by Vivendi, a French company. EMI is a British company, and Sony BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann, a German company. Convincing them to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace. Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.
Here is the largest seller of music online telling his customers (us) to hassle his suppliers (the music companies) into allowing him to sell DRM-free music. Brilliant!
Maybe there’s hope for a DRM-free world after all.
For more, see the biggest discussion on techmeme I think I have ever seen.
2 thoughts on “Steve jobs throws the cat among the pigeons!”
I’m surprised at a Mac guy like yourself using the now-Microsoft-owned term “Wow” Tom. I’m sure there’ll be C&D in the post as I type this. 🙂
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