“There is some misleading reporting going on in technology circles with regard to digital music. It seems that some journalists are still giving Microsoft’s DRM [Digital Rights Management] kudos for being ‘more open’ as compared to Apple’s. While it’s true that Apple requires that you acquire digital music online through the iTunes music store, Apple is the more multi-platform-friendly of the two. Microsoft requires that users of its DRM run Windows while Apple addresses nearly 100% of the desktop operating system market. ‘JuggerNaut’ submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which shows that neither are more open than the other and that Apple is winning this race by simply delivering what consumers want,” osViews.com reports.
‘JuggerNaut’ writes, “Neither Apple or Microsoft have a totally open solution to offer to open-minded consumers. Both Apple’s FairPlay and Microsoft’s PlaysForSure solutions are proprietary in nature with the idea of locking the consumer into a certain technology; whether it be the iPod and iTunes with your choice of Mac or Windows or a PlaysForSure supported device and complimentary music service software for the Windows-only world. Microsoft can scream openness all it wants by saying that it supports 60+ digital music players and other smoke and mirrors hyperbole, but if it’s a Windows-only solution from the get go, 60+ million digital music players won’t make a difference because the differentiation between all those devices are so insignificant that people really don’t care to begin with, which is probably why the iPod has been so successful.
Full article here.
As we wrote last Saturday: Apple’s roadkill whine in unison: ‘incompatibility is slowing growth of digital music’ – August 13, 2005