Steve Jobs on DRM

February 7, 2007 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Steve Jobs has a interesting piece on the state of the DRM, music players today and where we may be heading. When talking about direction that things could move in the future, he talks about three alternatives:

1. Status quo. Music one purchases from iTunes cannot be played on any other music players except the iPod.
2. Apple licences FairPlay DRM to other vendors. [There are a lot of reasons why this will not work]
3. Make music DRM free and Jobs provides a compelling argument why this is possible.

Another interesting fact that he states is that on an average, less than 3% of the songs in an iPod are DRM-protected.

Thoughts on music is the original article on Apple‘s website.

[Follow up on the Economist] Music wants to be free


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure…
than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat



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  1. Music one purchases from iTunes cannot be played on any other iPod
    I assume you meant “on any other music player” 🙂

  2. Yes. Corrected and added the Economist follow up.

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