Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Steve Jobs On The Future Of Music DRM

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, writes a very frank article on the future of digital music distribution and the role of Digital Rights Management. Giving three possible outcomes, he describes the difficulties of allowing music bought from the iTunes store being able to be played on other manufacturers music devices, the option to leave things as they are, and the option that the music lables could ditch DRM completely. He comes out strongly in favor of this third option, and claims that DRM does not and will never work, and makes the interesting point that 90% of all music sold (i.e. music sold on CD), is sold without any form of DRM.

Read the article here.