Steve Jobs slams DRM

Poor Steve Jobs, under fire from folks in Europe for the iPod-only shackles on music purchased from iTunes. Well no... he's been hitting back, pouring

Poor Steve Jobs, under fire from folks in Europe for the iPod-only shackles on music purchased from iTunes. Well no... he's been hitting back, pouring his heart out to set the case straight on Apple's Fair Play DRM system.You can read his musings on Apple's website. You could, or, of course, we could just condense it down to something like: "DRM is bad, but it ain't our fault guv'nor, blame the record companies. And in any case, most of the songs on an iPod haven't been bought from iTunes so what does it all matter?'Developing that eloquent argument further he does go on to consider three options for the future: stay the same, let other manufacturers use FairPlay for their players or bin DRM altogether.After swiftly dismissing the first two on fairness and security grounds he grinds to the piece's unavoidable conclusion that DRM should be dropped altogether.That, of course, would rely on the record companies agreeing, by which stage hell will frozen over, the Pope will have turned protestant and bears will have learned to do their business away from wooded areas. But a guy can dream...

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