“A recording industry group fired back Wednesday at Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, suggesting his company should open up its anti-piracy technology to its rivals instead of urging major record labels to strip copying restrictions from music sold online,” Alex Veiga reports for The Associated Press.
Veiga reports, “Mitch Bainwol, chairman and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, said the move would eliminate technology hurdles that now prevent fans from playing songs bought at Apple’s iTunes Music Store on devices other than the company’s iPod. ‘We have no doubt that a technology company as sophisticated and smart as Apple could work with the music community to make that happen,’ Bainwol said in a prepared statement.”
“In an essay posted Tuesday on the Cupertino-based company’s Web site, Jobs called on record labels to abandon their requirement for online music to be wrapped in Digital Rights Management, or DRM, technology, which is designed to limit unauthorized copying,” Veiga reports.
Full article here.
The music cartel sure loves their ineffective, easily-bypassed DRM, don’t they? They’re just digging their own graves. Put the shovels down while you still can, boys, the party’s over!
The situation is crystal clear: Apple is anti-DRM and the major music labels want to continue trying (and failing) to restrict their paying customers with DRM-laced products.
DRM is so easily removed, that it’s pointless. The mass pirates, about whom the music labels claim they are so worried, aren’t going to let a little DRM get in their way, so the only people that DRM is affecting are regular, law-abiding consumers who just want to listen to their music. The music labels want to restrict paying customers in such a way as to force their paying customers to buy multiple copies of the same material.
Thankfully, Apple’s iTunes Store does allow music to be burned without DRM to music CD to be played in CD players and/or transferred to any device they desire. We are all for selling music without DRM.
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