thoughts on music

steve jobs blogs about drm:

The third alternative is to abolish DRMs entirely. Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music.

WHOA.

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One Response to thoughts on music

  1. lylpookie says:

    yeah…but never going to happen because there’s no way the artists and the music industry is ever going to do that. If you open it up with no DRM that would make copyright infringement occur so easily and too rapidly. It’s already so difficult to contain as is…it’d be napster/kazaa all over again…and while that’s great for the public, it’s horrible for the artist (and the lawyers who represent them :P)

    ummm…yeah…can you tell what area of law I’m concentrating in?

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