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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Monster Cable presents Monster Music SuperDiscs: 320 kbps AAC surround sound for Apple iPods – December 01, 2005


  1. Monster is good because you can return cables anytime, anywhere, for free (exchange). Lifetime. No receipt needed. THAT alone, speaks volumes.

    However, they purposely alter their cables.
    To wit, Monster “bass” rolls off the highs!.

    More than overpriced, too. Monster “Acoustic”? $89

    Try instead, Mogami,

  2. You know, if more and more music industry insiders jumped on the anti-DRM bandwagon the movement would succeed.

    iPod is thought of as the Holy Grail for digital music sellers. It’s not but they all think that it is. They think that DRM free music can be sold to millions of iPod users. The extra competition will mean higher quality music files and lower prices for all but the latest releases. The latest releases are mostly crap anyway, so no loss there.

    The increased competition, lower prices and better quality files means more iPods will be sold and that is where all of the money is. Apple wins while digital music stores fight over smaller and smaller pieces of the download pie.

    Oh, and without DRM, that subscription model, that only takes advantage of stupid teenagers and immature adults, will, at last, completely die out.

  3. Good on monster. Now all they have to do is admit that their entire business is built on hype and fraud

    (There is nothing special, except the price, about Monster cables. The magic frequency preserving special wire design is just snake-oil hooey, like drawing a ring with a green marker on your CD’s or spending gawdawful sums of money on tube-based iPod amps…)

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