Thursday, February 8, 2007

The Economist on Jobs' Anti-DRM Plea

The Economist Magazine weighs in on Steve Jobs' love letter to the anti-DRM crowd with perhaps the most balanced and insightful look at Jobs' potential motives:
Why the sudden change of heart? Mr Jobs seems chiefly concerned with getting Europe’s regulators off his back. Rather than complaining to Apple about its use of DRM, he suggests, “those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free.” Two and a half of the four big record companies, he helpfully points out, are European-owned. Mr Jobs also hopes to paint himself as a consumer champion. Apple resents accusations that it has become the Microsoft of digital music.

The "Microsoft of digital music?" I bet Stevie J won't feel too good about that.


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