Apple’s iTunes Music Store: ‘one billion suckers served?’

“Personally I’ve never bought an iTune and I don’t own an iPod. I think Apple’s DRM is awful and represents a major step back for us all. I think those that are investing in iTune digital libraries are suckers. You are basically betting that Apple’s proprietary DRM laced format will be the standard for the rest of your life. You are paying too much for your music and tying yourself to only Apple products going forward. More innovative ways to play your music may indeed come in the future but unless they are marketed by Apple you will not likely be able to use these devices with your iTunes files due to Apple’s tight proprietary control,” Thomas Hawk writes for eHomeUpgrade. “Personally I want nothing to do with it.”

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s iTunes lets you burn as many custom CDs as you like without DRM. You can play these music CDs anywhere. iTunes also lets you make MP3 CDs. Audio CDs play in CD players like the one in your car or home stereo. MP3 CDs play on Mac and Windows computers and in MP3-compatible car stereos and CD players. Data DVDs are great for archiving and backup, but they only work in your DVD-equipped Mac or Windows PC. If your optical drive includes a DVD burner, you can use iTunes to archive your entire music library on DVDs for safekeeping, storing the equivalent of up to 150 CDs on each DVD-R disc. More info here.

Hawk struggles onward, “So who owns the music anyway? You or them? They do. You bought nothing. You bought the right to play their song on their product. It might work today. But I’m not about to bet that this will be the format du jour 10 years from now.”

MacDailyNews Note: See our note above.

Hawk tries this one, “And if you think Apple will be opening up their proprietary format anytime soon, think again. Apple makes virtually nothing on their iTunes downloads, after paying the labels, marketing costs, bandwidth costs, etc. they make peanuts. They make a *ton* of money on the other hand on selling iPods. This was the genius deal between Steve Jobs and the hacks over at the record labels who are just as big of suckers as you are and basically have done nothing but cannibalize existing more lucrative CD sales. They were short sighted and never thought to try to get a piece of the hardware sale and now they are yammering on about raising iTunes prices on you because they are bitter dogs over the screwing that Jobs gave them.”

MacDailyNews Take: Do TV show producers get a cut of every TV sold? Do radio producers get a cut of every radio sold? Do software companies get a cut of every computer sold? So much for the idiotic argument that record labels should get a cut of every iPod sold.

For some reason, Hawk insists on continuing, “And what if you are just dying to get the latest CD from that hot new band. Again, theoretically, would it be possible to go down to Amoeba records, buy it for $14, take it home and rip it, then return it within 7 days to get 75% credit back? What’s that like $3.50 for the new CD? And with 12 songs that’s like what 29 cents a track? Hmmm… would I rather have a crystal clear high bit rate mp3 track for 29 cents or a sure to be antiquated DRM bloated track from iTunes for 99 cents? Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating piracy here, per se. But the way I see it, if Apple is going to go to war with me the consumer to lock up my music and keep it off my innovative new devices of the future, then this doesn’t really represent a valid step forward away from piracy at all.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hawk’s not advocating piracy per se, just ripping off brick and mortar CD stores by stealing their product and driving them out of business even faster. The reason DRM exists is because of people like Hawk. Is it just us or does it seem like the biggest DRM complainers tend to be the biggest thieves? What a ridiculous article penned by someone with a total lack of understanding about iTunes, iPod, Apple’s FairPlay DRM, and how each of them works. What makes someone think that, if they’ve never bought a song from Apple’s iTunes Music Store and they don’t own an iPod, they’re qualified to critique them? Shut up, go buy your CDs, and play them on your CD player (without stealing the music and then returning the CDs). You want a legal online music service without DRM? Stop stealing, keep dreaming, then tell it to the music labels, not Apple.

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Related article:
Apple’s vs. Microsoft’s music DRM: whose solution supports more users? – August 17, 2005
The de facto standard for legal digital online music files: Apple’s protected MPEG-4 Audio (.m4p) – December 15, 2004


  1. well…he has one valid point. what happens if apple isn’t the leader anymore and you want to have the newest and coolest device and your itunes songs don’t work with them?

    i’m sure you can convert them. somebody will develop a conversion program. it probably won’t be an issue.

    but he’s an idiot. still buys CD’s and rips to mp3s. i did that in 1998.

    itunes is the leader and it rocks. we’ll see what happens if that changes and i want to move my songs to something else…

  2. Why do you give these whining babies that cry, “I want everyting for free or I’ll steal it” any attention? Let them cry in their little corner of cyberspace, ALONE!

    We have better things to do!

  3. WTF? eHomeUpgrade? What the hell? Never heard of it. Or him. I personally have not purchased much off the iTunes store, but I do buy used CDs and rip them to AAC mainly cause it’s smaller, and sounds better (160) than MP3 (192K) to me.

    So, does FORD still own the car I bought then? Can I take it back and get it fixed for free then? Or can they repo it whenever they want?

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