Friday, January 09, 2009

BBC: the sound of unbelievably biased bollocks

Yes, yes; your humble Devil knows that he tends to bang on about Apple, but then I do like to witter on about things that I am enthusiastic (and sometimes even knowledgeable) about. But this particular rant is not so much about Apple as the BBC's ludicrously biased and piss-poor reporting.
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.

Fucking hellski...

12 comments:

John A said...

YEs, it was certainly the various entertainment industry groups that moed DRM from being a way for companies to protect research etc. to an insane mass of dreck.

But I have just had a thought: I wonder how much it costs to maintain, real-time, a record for every purchase of every track (including individual tracks of an album)? Forever? OK, not a huge amount to the giant recording companies, but still significant.

whoops said...

"stupid, wrong and unprofessional." about as accurate a description of the bbc as i can think of.

chris said...

This is the BBC, talking about a successful private company. Did you really expect accuracy?

xelent said...

This is why I refuse to pay my TV license... Frankly the BBC doesnt know its arse from its face...

cookie said...

Apple , Windows, Free-Market, Apple supported by those who think they are radicals, in fact fuckwits, real life people prefer PCs over Macs, get over it, Macs largely shite hence why less favoured in free market, less bang for your buck with a Mac, etc

breakerg said...

IIRC, it was the music industry that insisted on DRM before they'd license any content to Apple's iTunes.

Which basically meant previously honest people went off to the pirate bay.

Garry said...

Didn't know what DRM meant imagine my surprise when, whilst visiting Wikipedia i discovered that the BBC uses DRM.

Against their will no doubt.

Dennis said...

Mr Cookie, have you ever used a Mac in earnest? They tend not to crash. At all. This is because OS X is based on BSD Unix and is not a kludge with its origins in CP/M. Using Windows is like suffering from an interminable disease.

Mr Devil, you err in listening to the BBC and especially in reacting to anything they say. DRM is doomed, simply because it doesn't work, criminalizes honest people, and is so easy to crack. Jobs is merely accepting the inevitable.

A similar thing is happening with ebooks, BTW.

cosmic said...

DRM was definitely something the music publishing industry was very keen on. In the US they were using political muscle to make it illegal to crack copy protection.

Before then, in the days of cassette tapes, they were bleating implausibly that every blank cassette cost them an LP sale and pushed for a government tax. They spent a lot of money trying to develop and copy protection system for vinyl.

They've always made an expensive, crap product and gone on as if they were entitled to a living.

Sod them I say. Just another example of an old industry trying to cope with a disruptive technology and failing.

Anyone remember the Sony rootkit from a couple of years back?

Roger Thornhill said...

...and those morons at the BBC decided to use Microsoft DRM tech for their iPlayer site...

purplepangolin said...

As far as the BBC's use of DRM goes, they are in exactly the same boat as Apple. That is, they are distributing content on behalf of third parties who insist on DRM. This was also why many other VOD platforms were Windows only. There was a perception in the industry that Microsoft DRM was the most effective. This has shifted somewhat, but the video media companies are not in a rush to drop DRM altogether

Anonymous said...

What a corrupt,stinking,vermin infested,craphouse this country has turned into.After seeing the C4 documentary last night it really brings home how rotten this pisspot really is.
The place is run by bent,homo,child molesting,degenerate scum,who have been given the god given right to shit on the ordinary people and destroy peoples lives for the sake of money and personal,perverted,ideals.
How has this corruption reached this level without the man on the street stopping it.The country is in moral and financial meltdown and yet we do nothing,whilst scum such as Brown,Smith and company are giving our assets to their rich scum bankers etc.