Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Steve Jobs is saying what's on everybody's mind: no more DRM!

Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has recently "advised" the four major record companies to start selling songs online without copy protection software (also known as digital rights management - DRM) to avoid piracy.

Jobs said there appeared to be no benefit for the record companies in continuing to sell more than 90 percent of their music without DRM on compact discs, while selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system.

This is quite a huge position from the leader of the company that owns iTunes, the biggest music online service, and the iPod, the most successful MP3 player of the world. However, this turnover may have something to do with the problems that Apple has been facing in Europe regarding the pressure to make iTunes music compatible with players other than the iPod.

Source and Image: Washington Post I.T. Blog

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