Wired: Steve Jobs’ iPod will complete what Napster started

In the December 2002 issue of Wired, Paul Boutin writes, “Steve Jobs understands the iPod’s potential for grand theft audio. The ‘Don’t Steal Music’ stickers he slapped onto them prove that. His sop to the record industry was to enable iTunes to download to iPod, but not to upload. It’s a strategy only marginally more effective than the sticker. A free utility called iPod2iTunes makes cloning my friends’ iPods a plug-and-play operation. So enabled, the iPod is a pirate suitcase nuke. And Jobs is the one who will complete the task [Napster creator Shawn] Fanning started.” The entire Wired article, “Burn, Baby, Burn,” is not yet available online.

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