“Microsoft’s top lawyer has warned Apple not to complain too loudly to record labels about music copyright restrictions, saying the computer giant was already selling plenty of iPod music players,” AFP reports.
“‘I’m not a big believer in just blaming the music industry for Apple’s inability to sell every conceivable iPod,’ said Brad Smith, senior vice-president and general counsel at the US software giant. ‘I think they’re (Apple) doing pretty well from what I can tell. In fact, I think the music companies are the ones who right now are doing a little less well,'” AFP reports.
“Last week British music giant EMI said it would offer songs by Coldplay, Madonna and a host of other stars for download without copy protection, as part of a deal with Apple’s iTunes website,” AFP reports. “Mr Smith said Microsoft would be interested in similar deals for its Zune player, which made a lacklustre debut in US stores last year.”
“‘At the same time I wouldn’t go as far as Steve Jobs did and suggest that everything is the fault of the record labels,’ he said. ‘I believe that, fundamentally, people who produce content and who own the rights to that content deserve the opportunity to make their own decisions about how they want to provide that content to the public,'” AFP reports.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]
The music labels are to blame for DRM.
Apple has demonstrated unparalleled ability to sell every conceivable iPod for over half a decade. That’s 100 million and counting, Brad.
Furthermore, Brad Smith’s comments make no sense. Smith says he’s not a believer in blaming the music industry for Apple’s “inability to sell every conceivable iPod,” but then basically says that Apple’s selling “plenty of iPods,” so who’s blaming the music industry for what, again, Brad? He’s interested in DRM-free deals with the labels for the joke that is Microsoft’s Zune, but says that the labels that own the rights deserve the opportunity to make their own decisions. That’s exactly what EMI did, Brad; EMI decided to sell DRM-free music. We guess we shouldn’t be surprised to hear a lawyer speak illogical gibberish, but what the heck is he trying to say?!
Regardless of the meaninglessness of the advice, the day Steve Jobs needs any guidance from some Microsoft mouthpiece is the day we dump our Macs and switch to Windows.
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