Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Steve Jobs Sings a New Tune -- An Open World for Digital Music

Up to this point, digital music -- at least as licensed by the major labels -- has lived in a world filled with DRM (i.e., keys that prevent the unrestricted use and copying by buyers of that music). That "closed" world has, in the view of most, benefitted Apple handsomely with iTunes and the iPod, by far the most successful digital music player in the digital music universe (with roughly 80% market share).

Faced with the prospect of major labels unlocking those "keys" and licensing unrestricted MP3 files, Steve Jobs just posted a manifesto -- "Thoughts on Music" -- on Apple's web site. This manifesto calls for the end of DRM. Read more about it. Most would say that this represents quite a shift in the Apple camp ...