Monster Cable announces full support of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ call for DRM-free music

Monster Cable, the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance cables, announced today its full support of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ open letter, titled “Thoughts on Music.” In it, Jobs recommends the four major international record labels eliminate digital rights management (DRM) on their music libraries.

“Monster Cable shares Mr. Jobs’ vision of breaking constraints for legal music downloads,” explained Noel Lee, The Head Monster, in the press release. “We’ve always believed in the power of music. So much so, we launched Monster Music to introduce high definition surround to the world without restrictions.”

The entertainment arm of Monster Cable, Monster Music boasts a format known as the SuperDisc, which not only contains high definition surround tracks, but DRM-free files.

Monster Music negotiated DRM-free files with Universal and their multi-platinum selling rock band 3 Doors Down to insure the consumer could enjoy the music on any player, including the Apple iPod. It worked, 3 Doors Down and Universal agreed to allow DRM-free digital music files on the SuperDisc release entitled, “Away from the Sun, Live from Houston, Texas.”

Other Monster Music SuperDiscs also feature DRM free music files, including Ray Charles’ 2004 Grammy Album of the Year, “Genius Loves Company.”

Kevin Lee, who runs Monster Music says in the press release, “DRM is a complex and political issue, but digital music compatibility is even more complicated to consumers and limiting to the industry. We are proud to support an open format and leaders like Steve Jobs who are making the efforts to get us there.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jim D.” for the heads up.]

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Recording Industry Association of America wants their DRM, calls for Apple to license FairPlay – February 08, 2007
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  1. Nice. Monster Cable offers their support. Too bad they have absolutely nothing to do with music distribution! Dunk n’ Doughnuts offers their support as well, and it is just as helpful.

    Unless they want to make DRM free cable or some thing. Or lower their prices on their overhyped cables.

    My “MDN Magic Word” is “mean.” Ironic!

  2. Ha. ha. .. What a political move on Monsters part… They want all of us Apple lovers to buy their overpriced cables!

    mebbe so… but if more people speak out, bring more attention to this, get more people talking and more respected companies in support, isn’t it good for us.

    and if you think Monster Cables are expensive you should check out cable makers like Cardas and Kimber.

  3. I think it’s great that Monster comes out in favour of the position taken by Steve Jobs.
    Monster is all about providing a high quality product to their customers. I use them and they are awesome.
    Apple is all about providing a high quality product to their customers. I use them and they are awesome.
    Like minds after the same thing… AN AWESOME USER EXPERIENCE.

    No suprise they’re on the same page.

  4. Re: calpundit…

    that’s ‘zactly what i mean. get people talking. audiophiles who aren’t Macheads might happen across the Monster article in the audio press, YahooMusic (a competitor) has a contribution. the more people talking the better.

  5. “We are proud to support an open format and leaders like Steve Jobs who are making the efforts to get us there.”

    that was enough for me, checked out their site. (never heard of them)

    just purchased their “Ray Charles” super dvd

  6. “Monster Music’s very first release was 3 Doors Down’s Away From The Sun Video SuperDisc. The band as a whole believes in brining the ultimate music experience in the homes of their fans, so we toured together to promote HDS and Monster Music.”


    That’s a way to cook a turkey….

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