Steve Jobs on DRM
An interesting open letter from Steve Jobs about DRM was posted yesterday on the Apple site, in which he explains some of the reasoning behind why Apple hasn’t licensed their FairPlay scheme to anyone, and why he thinks that DRM is stupid. He’s right – it’s never worked, and it will never work. As he says, record companies sell much more unprotected music on CDs than they do protected music online, so what’s the big deal? There’s also talk (I hear things) that some of the major labels may be considering a move to plain old, unprotected mp3 format instead of locking everything up so that consumers can’t do what they want with the music they buy. Great idea major labels! Keep this up and you may one day catch up with old Coulton.