DRM-Free Music Plays for Microsoft. Sorry, Apple

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Well since this column is titled "Microsoft Watch," we can guess its agenda. There were a couple of interesting statements.

    Well, yes and no. The controls were put in place at the insistence of the music industry, which had no interest in selling online content. Apple pioneered online music sales and spearheaded the method for successfully doing it. If the music companies hadn't insisted on DRM, Apple wouldn't have implemented it.

    Really, now...are millions upon millions of iPod users going to suddenly ditch their iPods and rush out to buy a Zune because of other online offerings? My son had a Zune for a few months and finally got sick of it. The thing kept crashing; he kept losing his music and had to reinstall everything. (Sort of like a PC....) So he just got himself an iPod Touch and is much happier.

    It doesn't matter what services are offered or what devices are sold -- the keys are the interface and the user experience.
  3. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    Does Joe realize that he just wrote something online about wasting 2000$?
  4. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    No, the LABELS are the big winners with DRM free. I think they will see their sales seriously improve. Apple doesn't need the iTunes stores to sell iPods like hot cakes. Most consumers still want iPods to play their Amazon DRM-free MP3s.

    So, Zing to your stupid Zune. You're one of the 10 people that bought one, Joe.
  5. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    Surely the consumers are the big winners here... even the iPod owners and us Appleheads. We're getting what we've always wanted... legal DRM-free music from a choice of online retailers. It'd be a shame if iTunes took a financial hit, but I'm sure SJ saw this coming, and Apple aren't exactly short of a bob or two right now.

    And doesn't Joe realise he could've just burnt his collection to Audio CD and re-ripped? Sure it would've taken a while, but $2000 is a lot of money...

  6. Orng macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    As I posted below the article, if this guy has the luxury to throw away $2000 worth of music, (assuming that's not just hyperbole), and he calls himself a music fan, then surely he could afford to donate $2000 to one of those programs, either at home or abroad, that helps underprivileged kids get funding for musical education and instruments.

    THAT would be a tangible and meaningful contribution to the future of music.
  7. ntg macrumors regular


    May 3, 2002
    UK - Rushden, Northants
    I read the article, and wondered why I wasted my time, and then wondered why Joe wasted his time writing it.

    What an idiot he makes of himself...

    just "Why, Joe?"

  8. Silencio macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    You can always count on Joe Wilcox for classic, clueless shillery.

    The biggest loser in the industry-wide abandonment of DRM in online music sales is... MICROSOFT! They wanted to control the whole enchilada with their DRM schemes and want to make money on every WMA sold; Apple got into a position of control without really wanting it, they make the vast majority of their music-related profits off iPod sales, anyway. More DRM-free MP3 content equals more choices of content for people to put on their iPods.
  9. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I bet if I told the author I was listening to an MP3 on my iPod I did NOT purchase from Apple, he's accuse me of "jailbreaking" it, because, you know, he's a hip journalist.
  10. imagineer2000 macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Santa Rosa
    ITMS was never about revenue [directly]

    It never ceases to amaze me the clueless, breathless media types who hype up any threat to the iTunes Music Store, like Apple's entire revenue stream depends on it. (It doesn't) When Steve Jobs unveiled the music store, Apple readily admitted that its purpose was to provide content and was not intended as a revenue maker, but to feed iPod sales. Apple makes money from iPods - iPods help sell macs. That plan succeeded on a fantastic scale. DRM-free may give the lonely Zune owner more songs to choose from, but every single iPod ever sold can also play DRM-free MP3s. Apple did before and still needs to win on design and industrial use. I recently bought Pink Floyd's "Umma Gumma" from Amazon - Amazon's downloader loaded it right into iTunes. Seamless is beautiful. With DRM-free, everybody wins.:D
  11. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I wonder if he also realizes that the Zune is a closed system. It doesn't play Plays For Sure, MS DRM'ed WMA. Or that Apple doesn't care if you buy MP3s, as long as you put them on your iPod. Either he doesn't, making him clueless, or he does, making him dishonest.
  12. apsterling macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2007
    And either way, what the hell do we expect from JOURNALISTS.

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