Steve Jobs suggests a solution to the DRM music equation

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At the Mix n' Mash event in Redmond last year, Bill Gates acknowledged the problems with the DRM employed with digital music, and that there is no easy solution. Now in a rare release that has been described by our trusted tipster as the, "best blog platform ever..." Steve Jobs has published his Thoughts on Music. The ten minute read addresses the current state of digital music across the entire market and respectfully considers all the players. While we expect people to critique his argument along the same stale lines (can't we all just get along?), the more important issue that Steve raises is about how two-faced the music companies are: "In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves." We're certainly pleased to have first Bill and now Steve, both people who hold considerable sway over this issue, helping the market understand where they should really focus their displeasure.


Music, Software, DRM

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    JD Lewin

    I'd love to read more about EMI's DRM-free policies and any info on the reconsidering of DRM by the labels. If you've got links to these, please feel free to post them!

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