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Steve Jobs Says No DRM! No DRM!

The MASTER of marketing, Steve Jobs of Apple has put out a call to the big four music companies to allow them to sell DRM free music in the iStore. I have not heard a truer statement in awhile than this one, “So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none.” It is completely ridiculous that the music companies require all online music stores to “protect” the music with a DRM, these stores would be perfect without it, as you could buy one or two songs from a CD instead of buying the whole CD. This is how it should be and I bet the increase in the number of songs purchased to increase dramatically.

The third alternative is to abolish DRMs entirely. Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music.

Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.

In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves. The music companies sell the vast majority of their music DRM-free, and show no signs of changing this behavior, since the overwhelming majority of their revenues depend on selling CDs which must play in CD players that support no DRM system. Source: Thoughts on Music

It will be interesting to see how the music companies, Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI, respond to this call for action, if anyone can get people talking about something, it is Steve Jobs. Take a look at the picture below, it is a screenshot of Techmeme, an online news aggregator that tracks news stories. Usually when a post is featured on the site it only has a few sites talking about it, some big stories will have 20 or 30 sites talking about it. This post by Steve Jobs has probably three times that many sites discussing it.

Thoughts on music

It’s easy to go on record and make sure everyone remembers that the music companies are the bad guys, hehe, Bill Gates has already gone on record as hating DRM, and the music companies are probably going to do it anyway, and they have already made billions with DRM. Plus, he reinforces the view that he and Apple are the cool people, sticking it to the man. However you look at it, no DRM sounds really good to me.

No DRM! No DRM! No DRM!

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 7, 2007 at 7:20 am

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Apple Inc. iPhone Announced at CES

Steve Jobs had his keynote from Macworld 2007 this morning, and he announced that they would be releasing the iPhone, a combo video iPod and smartphone, I’m not sure if they came to some agreement with Cisco about the name or not. It looks really great, they invented a new user interface called Multi Touch, which allows finger touch control dialing and typing, without the small keyboard of the smart phones. It runs on OS X, and they are running the Safari web browser, it has a 3.5-inch screen, with the highest resolution screen they’ve ever shipped, 160ppi, 2 megapixel camera, and it only has one button, the Home button.

We’ve been pushing the state of the art in every facet of this design. We’ve got the multi-touch screen, miniaturization, OS X in a mobile device, precision enclosures, three advanced sensors, desktop class applications, and the widescreen video iPod. We filed for over 200 patents for all the inventions in iPhone and we intend to protect them.”

“When’s it going to be available? We’re shipping them in June — we’re announcing it today because we have to go get FCC approval… we thought it’d be better to introduce this today rather than let the FCC introduce this.
Europe in the 4th quarter of this year, Asia in 2008. “We’ve chosen Cingular.” Source: Engadget

It looks really cool, visual voicemail, that looks like email, you only have to listen to the ones you want, contacts, you scroll through the music with your finger, but it is $599. I will have to see one and hold one first I think, it sounds like it could be worth it, as you are actually combining your iPod and smart phone, but if you already have one or both, sigh. I’ll probably end up with one anyway. ;)

Oh, and they dropped the Computer from their name, so now they are Apple Inc.

Apple iPhone
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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 10, 2007 at 1:32 am

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Who is the “Father” of the iPod?

According to an article at Wired, its not Steve Jobs, it was a bunch of people, inlcuding Steve jobs.

One of these myths is that the iPod has a father — one man who conceived and nurtured the iconic device. Steve Jobs, of course, is one candidate; but engineer Tony Fadell has also been named the father of the iPod, as has Jon Rubinstein, the former head of Apple’s hardware division. While they all played key roles in the iPod’s development, the iPod was truly a team effort.

Here’s the story:

In 2000, Steve Jobs’ candy-colored iMac was leading the charge for Apple’s comeback, but to further spur sales, the company started asking, “What can we do to make more people buy Macintoshes?” Source: Wired

It’s a good read, a must for Apple fans.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 17, 2006 at 4:02 pm

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Apple FINALLY Releases Video iPod

Apple has finally had the news conference where they annouce the new video iPod. They also announced a partnership with ABC where they will sell episodes of hit tv shows, such as Desperate Housewives or Lost, the day after they are broadcast. They will sell them in the iTunes online store for $1.99 an episode, “It’s never been done before, where you could buy hit TV shows and buy them online the day after they’re shown,” said Jobs. From Yahoo.com,

Videos will now be sold alongside songs on Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

The iTunes store will sell episodes of hit shows “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” for $1.99 each online, making them available the day after they air on television, in a deal with ABC.

The new video iPod, available in black or white, will be able to play video and podcasts. A 30-gigabyte version will sell for $299 and a 60-gigabyte, $399. Extra features on both versions include a clock, a calendar that Jobs said never looked better, a stop watch and a screen lock.

With support for up to 150 hours of video and a 2.5-inch color display, the new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road.

Not sure if it is because they are busy, or something wrong on my end, but www.apple.com was not reachable when I typed this up. The iTunes website came up for me, but it was very slow. They are already advertising the fact that they will be selling the tv shows online, and have a nice big graphic for the new iPod on the front page. They would wait until after I bought my first iPod, dangit. Note: The apple.com site was flying by the time I finished typing this up.

The new video iPod

From News.com,

All that speculation that Apple Computer would unveil a video iPod at a press event Wednesday was right.

The company also rolled out a new iMac and a new version of iTunes, iTunes 6, just five weeks after the debut of iTunes 5.

The iPod has “been a huge hit for us, so it’s time to replace it,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said as he showed off the new video-capable product at the San Jose, Calif, event. “Yes, it does video.”

Click here to get yours from the Apple store before they sell out.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 12, 2005 at 1:43 pm

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