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May 4, 2007, 04:35 PM
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May 4, 2007, 07:16 PM
following Apple's lead will confuse customers who may already be baffled by a crazy quilt of restrictions that envelop the industry

Wow, what sort of screwed-up logic is that? They're actually saying that the current situation, where there are different vendors using different DRM strategies, for different media players, will get more confusing by getting rid of the very thing (DRM) that's the cause of the confusion? Yes, let's continue with that sort of doublespeak where simplicity = confusion.

1984 anyone?

May 7, 2007, 05:15 PM
Don't you know? People will spend weeks trying to figure out the DRM terms of those new downloads. They won't believe that there aren't any, so they'll go insane trying to find them and have to be committed to the Massachusetts State Home for the Bewildered.

As for what the other labels will do, they all talk tough now, but when push comes to shove, they follow the money. If EMI shows that they will end up with more money by not using DRM, then the others will come on-board. And conversely, if EMI shows that they aren't gaining anything on the bottom line, they'll change their tune as well.

All the rest of the arguments are complete BS. Piracy will neither increase nor decrease as a result of dropping DRM, because the pirates always have the option of ripping tracks from CDs, just like they did before there were any legal download sites. Unless the labels want to halt all CD manufacturing, and only ship new albums on DRM-wrapped media, they have no logical argument in their favor. (And if they do drop CD, that will kill all their profits.)