Poll of the Day - Does Apple seriously want to sell DRM-free media?

Poll of the Day - Does Apple seriously want to sell DRM-free media?

Summary: Steve Jobs has called on the music industry to ditch DRM.  Do you think that Apple seriously wants to do this or is it a way to deflect the DRM debate off off Apple and onto the studios?

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Steve Jobs has called on the music industry to ditch DRM.  Do you think that Apple seriously wants to do this or is it a way to deflect the DRM debate off off Apple and onto the studios? 

If Apple is serious about wanting to see a DRM-free world, why does it lock iTunes users to the iPod ecosystem?

How would going DRM-free change the music download industry?  What would be the effect on piracy?

Thoughts?

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Topic: Apple

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  • Its about CRAP not DRM

    Look at this hand waving around while I kick you in the nutz.

    No one is giving up DRM. Get over it. It ensures artists get paid. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

    CRAP what ever that means ties the itunes music to your i pod and it is proprietary technology. CRap stands for Content Rights Access Protocol or some nonesense like that.

    Focus on the Crap and the DRM will take care of its self.

    The EU is a bunch of whiny anti-competitive freeloaders anyway.

    They will call it cultured.
    jm4az
  • It is about laying the blame elsewhere

    Jobs is asking the RIAA to give up what they perceive as their business and cash cow, knowing that they won't.
    Leaves him looking like the good guy (he hopes to the Europeans at least), all the while stuffing his pockets. "I have no choice"
    If he actually cared about customers, he'd license FairPlay, to make the intolerable situation of incompatible DRM's go away.
    You'll note, however, he is unwilling to give up his cash cow.
    I don't think you can get more hypocritical.
    mdemuth
    • 100% Spot On!

      As you said, if he wanted to really help license the format to everyone. NEVER going to happen...
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • It's all bait and switch

    If Jobs wanted the "wonderful, ethereal" digital music realm as he claims, he'd license FairPlay. But since it's DRM that feeding AAPL's bottom line with its iPod/iTunes/iTMS/FairPlay lock-in, all Jobs is doing is deflecting the blame for his company's now monopolistic control over digital downloads as being the music industry's fault.

    All those record profits from iPod sales and music store song sales into the billions didn't come from having an OPEN ecosystem.
    flatliner
  • Then license FairPlay to others...

    Oh no, can't do that, there goes the cas cow.

    Jobs is a liar plain and simple. Stock options? What stock options?
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Nice bias but it doesn't work

      FairPlay was hacked by Real, remember? Real proved Jobs assertion that
      competitive advantage can go right out the window because dishonest people try
      to hack.

      If Apple is the bad guy, why are all other player manufacturers doing the same
      thing?

      Slam Microsoft and Sony, as well.

      It is the record industry that is putting the requirement on and you can tell by
      their response.

      NATG, you are religously fanatic about your anti-Apple bias and your post is proof
      of it because you don't insist that Sony and MIcrosoft do the same thing.
      mlindl
  • Of course he would...

    ... if he just could.
    See my small cartoon:
    http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2007/02/if_he_could_he_.html

    Bye,
    Oliver
    owidder
  • Thank Adrian

    For getting off the 'Day 3,324,216' jag (oh the humanity!) ;)
    Seriously, Steve Jobs' appraisal makes perfect sense.

    It could happen. And then Vista would become mostly irrelevant.
    D T Schmitz
  • Readme

    "If Apple is serious about wanting to see a DRM-free world, why does it lock
    iTunes users to the iPod ecosystem?"

    Adrian, I know we can all try to read between the lines, but have you even read
    Stephen Job's letter?
    Piot
    • Yes, I have ...

      ... have you? But actions speak louder than words.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Serious, yes, wants to no

    Without the outside pressure to Apple, iTunes would have happily remained a DRM empire. Now that pressure is being applied, Steve wants to delay the inevitable by trying to deflect the blame (correctly to a large extent) on the content companies. Barring that, instead of licensing the DRM, he would prefer to not have the hastle and sell DRM free.

    Instead of move into a highly successful emulation of the MaybePlays ecosystem whereby each vendor tries to be consistent with firmware upgrades, player upgrades, the whole headache, it would be much easier for Apple to simply drop DRM if it could.

    Of course, they won't drop AAC without DRM to go with MP3 since every little hindrence to keep people on Ipods will be highly desired. I know my iRiver doesn't play AAC, I would have to convert it from AAC to MP3, a hastle millions won't want to bother with, just buy another iPod.

    TripleII
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