Wednesday, April 04, 2007

De-RM


So Apple and EMI have announced that the EMI songs sold on iTunes will be available without copy protection starting next month. The right move, and a good business one for Apple as it will allow people to buy tunes and play them on any hardware that can handle AAC.

This was triggered by a Steve Jobs essay a couple of months ago that eloquently argued against DRM, and basically set out Apple's (the dominant player in this market: they have sold 2 and a half billion songs on iTunes so far) stall as being against copy protection on downloaded music. After all, if CDs are not protected, why should downloads be?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jenny said...

I am only about 395 songs out of those 2.5 billion.

6:16 pm  
Blogger swishfish said...

That's a decent amount! I've bought about 100 now. We actually pay more than Americans to buy songs: 79p to your 99c.

We're both above average though. 100 million iPods gives an average of 25 songs per owner.

8:11 am  
Blogger Jenny said...

Yeah, it is a lot. I was surprised when I saw that I spent the equivalent of $395 dollars on music since November 2005, but as I evaluate my "purchased" folder, I have bought a lot of full albums, so you don't always pay for every song. I also frequently download their singles of the week, but only seem to have about 25 of those.

I think part of the reason why I have so many songs is that I'll get into a buying frenzy and buy a bunch of songs at once (like maybe I think of this one song and want to listen to it, then I think of another and want to listen to it, and before I know it, I've bought like 10-20 songs in one sitting.

One thing that I noticed when I was over there last month was that you all pay a LOT more for music/DVDs than we do over here. (For instance, I commonly saw ads in the subway for 2 DVDs for 20 pounds. Once I did the math, that equals to be about $20 per DVD, which would be a "normal" price over here - certainly not a sale price.) I wasn't sure if that was because they were American imports or if you all don't have sweatshops manufacturing them or what.

1:49 pm  

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