Apple to end music restrictions
Apple Inc has agreed to start selling digital songs from its iTunes store without copy protection software.
"So, what's wrong with that?" you may ask. Well, despite acknowledging, at the bottom of the article that...
... Steve Jobs, published an open letter called 'Thoughts on Music' in which he called on the three big record companies to ditch DRM...
... the Beeb is giving the erroneous—and very definite—impression that it was Apple that insisted on having DRM on songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store (iTMS).
This is simply not the case: even if one didn't know anything about the negotiations between the music industry and Apple when iTMS was first set up, the fact that Apple have been selling EMI music without DRM for about a year—because EMI agreed to it—might have given an observer a pretty big fucking clue as to where the driver was coming from.
At present, most music downloaded from Apple's iTunes store can only be played through an iTunes interface or iPod.
Ooh, how evil! And, of course, Windows DRM'd files play on everything, don't they. Well, apart from Macs and iPods, of course. Oh, and Linux. Twats.
But it is this paragraph that really gripped my shit. [Emphasis mine.]
The move could potentially spell the end for DRM limited music, which was never popular with users or the record industry.
You fucking what? DRM was never popular with the music industry? Can you define "music industry" for me, you fuckwit? Do you mean "the artists" or are you referring—as I think most people would assume—to the music publishing companies?
Because the latter were really fucking keen on DRM and to try to claim that they weren't is just... well, it's just absolutely fucking barking. The music industry wasn't keen on DRM in the same way as the TV and film companies aren't currently keen on DRM, i.e. they were really fucking keen.
The fact that the music companies have finally fucking realised that DRM not only didn't work, but actively encouraged people to say, "fuck you, you music company shits: I'm going pirating" is a great move, but to try to claim that DRM was "never popular" with "the music industry" is just fucking ignorant.
To try to make it look as though it was Apple that insisted on everything in the iTMS having copy-protection on is stupid, wrong and unprofessional.