On Thoughts on Music

This is my brief response to Steve Jobs' (of Apple) Thoughts on Music.

Dear Steve,

You say that the “big four” music companies control the distribution of over 70% of the world’s music, and that the reason iTunes uses DRM is because they force you too.

If you really do support the sale of DRM-free music, please support it in deed as well as in word. There is the remaining 30% of the world's music that could potentially be sold DRM-free - emusic.com manages to find plenty.

Please start selling some music DRM-free.

In the mean time, I will continue to show my support by only purchasing DRM-free music (yes, I have an iPod, and NO iTunes music).



I agree -- Apple could easily sell indie music without DRM, as eMusic currently does. I buy from iTunes, but with some trepidation. What if, someday down the line, I want to "break out" of the iTunes "ecosystem"? As some have said, the current DRM is a "tax" on doing so.

Shelly Palmer also posted a good over-view of the issues surround Steve's essay.

- Matthew

There is definitely no shortage of people responding to and commenting on Steve Jobs' article. Even though I made my post quite late, I did it before reading anyone else's comments, but was then surprised that a large number of people had come to exactly the same conclusion as me.

One post I particularly enjoyed was from the 'Fake Steve' blog (quite a funny site)
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