PC World doofus blames Apple for lack of DRM-free music in iTunes Store

“iTunes gave us the 99-cent song download, thus paving the way for honest people to buy music at a fair price. So why does the iTunes Store still employ digital rights management (DRM) for the majority of songs in its library? Blaming the record labels no longer holds water: AmazonMP3 and Rhapsody are among a growing number of services selling DRM-free MP3s from all the major labels, not just EMI. At least iTunes no longer charges extra for the latter’s “iTunes Plus” selections, but why hasn’t Apple given DRM the heave-ho once and for all? At least customers have alternatives now,” Rick Broida reports for PC World.

The full article, “11 Things We Hate About iTunes,” in which Broida claims that Apple could fix this DRM issue and all of the others he lists “in about 5 minutes,” here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “shiftOpt k” for the heads up.]

4 Reasons Why Rick Broida is a Doofus:
1. It was Apple CEO Steve Jobs who called for the elimination of music DRM back in February 2007.
2. It was Apple that signed the first major music label, EMI, to sell DRM-free songs two months later in April 2007.
3. It is precisely the music labels (greedy collusive slime buckets) that are withholding DRM-free from Apple in a effort to weaken iTunes Store’s power.
4. He writes for PC World which actually publishes such obtuse, ignorant, and completely backwards drivel.

52 Comments

  1. If these idiots ever feel their face burn when they get their ignorant asses handed to them or do they just dig in and insist on their BS being true?

    The 5 min fix would be that idiot goggling for factual information.

  2. It makes you wonder if you can believe anything you read, anywhere, anymore. I mean, it’s sort of scary that we get so much information from articles that you would think have been researched. Now you have to wonder when you read magazines and web articles how much is just made up? I like being able to toss facts around, but now I’m running the risk of sounding like a doofus when I quote a doofus.

  3. Well he is right to an extent. It’s Apple’s fault in that Steve Jobs refuses to let the labels jack songs up to $1.99 a track and $15.99 per album. If he’d fold on that already, they’d let him drop FairPlay from their music.

    That stubborn son of a bitch.

  4. I’ve always thought that Apple should sue the record companies for collusion given the fact that iTunes is the only online store that they won’t license DRM-free music to.

  5. Because every user on that Mac is (usually) a separate person, with their own separate music library, playlists, iPod(s) or iPhone, etc.

    Since I have four users on all my home Macs, and they all want to share the same iTunes (and iPhoto) library, I just moved these libraries over to the ‘Shared’ user folder and created aliases in each user’s Music and Photos folders. As long as only one of the users has iTunes open at any one time, it works fine (and realistically, only one user can effectively use the computer at any one time anyway). Apple doesn’t officially recomment this but it has been working from me since before Tiger was released.

  6. This is all terrible! But there is even worse… I have heard some channels “sell” music that will be audible only for a certain time and, afterthat, be deleted from your MP3 player!?!? True?!?

  7. Totally agree what MDN says!
    1. It was Apple CEO Steve Jobs who called for the elimination of music DRM back in February 2007.
    2. It was Apple that signed the first major music label, EMI, to sell DRM-free songs two months later in April 2007.
    3. It is precisely the music labels (greedy collusive slime buckets) that are withholding DRM-free from Apple in a effort to weaken iTunes Store’s power.
    4. He writes for PC World which actually publishes such obtuse, ignorant, and completely backwards drivel.

  8. R2, you are an IDIOT!! Do you really want to let the labels jack up there prices? You know where that would go? You would be paying CD prices for each FRICKING SONG MORON!!!
    They were hoping Steve would do that, but he’s actually to smart for that, knowing everyone in there right mind wouldn’t go there and go back to downloading again instead of paying outrageous prices.
    There trying other services with straight MP3’s and still can’t beat iTunes and are losing money because of it. Steve and Apple will prevail in the end because the iTunes store works that good.

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