“‘We think our customers are going to love this,’ said Steve Jobs in Apple’s press release yesterday announcing that its iTunes store would sell DRM-free versions of EMI’s music catalog. Wrong. I like it, but, please, Steve, stop doing me favors that (1) raise music prices 30% and (2) force me to take the extra steps to remove your AAC encoding,” David DeJean blogs for InformationWeek.
“You got part of it right, Steve. I definitely do not want DRM. I want the music I pay for to play anywhere, on any device. I want to exercise my legal rights to fair use and move it from format to format — from vinyl to cassette to CD to MP3 to whatever comes next,” DeJean writes. “But I definitely do not want the music I buy encoded in your AAC format, either, or locked up inside of your iTunes software. My favorite audio player software does not play AAC. My portable music player does not play AAC. I do not use iTunes to manage my music.”
DeJean writes, “If you really want to make me a loyal Apple customer, then sell me DRM-free music in an open format at a fair price. Exactly why do you think the 30% premium for DRM-free files is fair, by the way? Why should I, a solid citizen who wants to do the right thing, have to pay a penalty for my honesty?”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dukemeiser” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: The hits just keep on coming! Seems more than one village has let loose their idiots to cover this topic in the past few days. David, perhaps if you used iTunes to manage your music, you’d realize that AAC not Apple’s closed format and that iTunes will convert DRM-free tracks to AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, your beloved, but old and inefficient MP3, and/or WAV. You are in no way locked into iTunes, beyond using its iTunes Store interface to purchase your songs. Also, if you read EMI’s press release before banging out your goofy blog post, you’d realize that the tracks are higher quality, hence the higher price, and also that complete albums from EMI Music artists purchased on the iTunes Store will automatically be sold at the higher sound quality and DRM-free, with no change in the price.
MacDailyNews Obligatory Note: EMI’s DRM-free music sold via Apple’s iTunes Store will be in Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format. AAC is the successor to MP3 and is supported by iPod and also a wide variety of digital music players, including also-ran devices such as the SanDisk Sansa e200R, Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), Sony Walkman S series (and A and E series with firmware update), Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, BenQ-Siemens, Philips, Nokia Nseries and other Nokia multimedia phones, Palm OS PDAs, even the hapless Microsoft Zune, among others. More about AAC here.
MacDailyNews Note [4/4, 2:54pm EDT]: DeJean has since updated his article with the correction: When I originally posted this entry I called the AAC format “proprietary.” Almost immediately several of the commenters below and in emails called me on it. You’re all right. AAC is not Apple proprietary and I should have known better. I quickly apologized in a comment (see it somewhere below) and removed the offending misstatement from the entry. I wrote in haste, because that is the nature of blogging, and I repent at leisure.
Tom Smith, Editor In Chief, Online:
Red Herring reporter is quite confused about MP3 vs. AAC – April 03, 2007
JupiterResearch analyst blows it: ‘AAC isn’t supported by majority of digital music players’ – April 03, 2007
Apple’s DRM-free EMI deal ‘a master stroke that should cement Apple’s dominance’ – April 03, 2007
In Apple’s DRM-free EMI music deal, the big loser may be Microsoft – April 03, 2007
Apple’s DRM-free iTunes play trumps Microsoft’s huge bet on DRM – April 02, 2007
Norwegian Consumer Council senior advisor applauds Apple’s iTunes Store DRM-free music – April 02, 2007
CNBC video: Apple CEO Steve Jobs and EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli – April 02, 2007
EMI’s Nicoli on DRM-free iTunes: ‘We have to trust our consumers,’ Apple’s Jobs: ‘right thing to do’ – April 02, 2007
Kudos to Steve Jobs and Apple for having courage to call for end of DRM and making it happen – April 02, 2007
Analyst Gartenberg: iTunes Store’s DRM-free music ‘a great win for Apple’ – April 02, 2007
Apple CEO Steve Jobs to appear live on CNBC within the hour – April 02, 2007
Apple: Higher quality 256 kbps AAC DRM-free music on iTunes Store coming in May – April 02, 2007
Warner’s DRM-loving Middlebronfman warns wireless industry it may lose music market to Apple iPhone – February 14, 2007
Monster Cable announces full support of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ call for DRM-free music – February 13, 2007
BBC columnist doesn’t believe Steve Jobs’ Apple would stop using DRM if music labels would allow it – February 12, 2007
EMI may sell entire music catalog DRM-free – February 09, 2007
Recording Industry Association of America wants their DRM, calls for Apple to license FairPlay – February 08, 2007
Warner’s Middlebronfman: Jobs’ DRM-free music call ‘without logic and merit, we’ll not abandon DRM’ – February 08, 2007
Technology Review editor gets a lot wrong in his article about Apple CEO Jobs’ push to end DRM – February 07, 2007
Apple’s Jobs jolts music industry; Zune exec calls Jobs’ call for DRM-free music ‘irresponsible’ – February 07, 2007
Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ posts rare open letter: ‘Thoughts on Music’ – calls for DRM-free music – February 06, 2007