“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.