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Steve Jobs and DRM

by on Feb.07, 2007, under General

By the time you've read this, it's more than likely you've already read Steve Jobs' post regarding DRM.  For more information on how DRM messes with your life read this entry in Wikipedia.   If you haven't read either the post or some of the relevant discussions, you can read through some of the news sites responses by doing a Google News search for "Steve Jobs DRM" .  I won't rehash a lot of his arguments, nor the arguments of many who've discussed the article.  I'll just say a few words on some things that really made me stop and think about the whole situation. 

First, F-ing BRILLIANT piece of work if from no other aspect than an amazing public relations move.  Also, some major BS too, but that's my opinion of the licensing FairPlay discussion, and despite that I still agree with the majority of his article.  Even disagreeing with his viewpoints on FairPlay, I can at least respect his views.  What's interesting though is a few points brought up on boingboing.net regarding selling music RIGHT NOW in a non-DRM format .  Basically, the argument is that a lot of independent labels already have said they'd be more than willing to have their music sold in a non-DRM format.  Now, the question becomes when will it be possible to purchase this music?  I know personally, I vowed not to buy anything off of iTunes because of DRM issues (when you replace machines regularly and have had as many issues as I've had transferring music from an old machine to a new one, you'd understand).  

SO, how about it?  Can I finally buy music through iTunes from independent labels without DRM?  If not now, when?  If this doesn't become an option after the furor his article has generated, I'd argue that the expose isn't so much about DRM, as it is about Apple trying to avoid litigation issues with the Norwegian Consumer Council .

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