When Free Isn’t

When is free not inexpensive enough? When it comes to downloadable music. It seems college students are not interested in the DRM-laden offerings that their colleges are offering. But I also found this part was worth noting.
bq.There’s also the problem of compatibility: The services won’t run on Apple Computer Inc. computers, which are owned by 19% of college students, according to a 2006 survey of 1,200 students by the research group Student Monitor. In addition, the files won’t play on Apple iPods, which are owned by 42% of college students, according to the survey. I don’t know how many “people at Gnomedex(Gnomedex 6)”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/183880568/ had a Mac sitting in front of them like “your humble correspondent”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/06/19/mac), but I have no doubt that there was a disproportionate number over their “regular market share(Low market share is badge of honor, as far as Mac faithful are concerned)”:http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/14191452.htm. It seems to me the more technically inclinded population (both geeks and college students) are headed in a certain direction that Microsoft has cause for concern. If “all the messages(Antivirus company suggests home users switch to Macs)”:http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060706-7204.html get through to the public, a tidal wave could start. And then there is the issue of the iPod. Until the music industry quits insisting on “treating their customers like thieves(France and DRM)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/03/22/france, or until Microsoft achieves the “stranglehold(Microsoft’s iPod Killer Plan)”:http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ZDM/story?id=2165024 they have “long sought(Microsoft’s iPod killer?)”:http://news.com.com/2100-1027_3-5183692.html, people just aren’t going to put up with these sort of restrictions. It isn’t free when you invest time and energy into something only to watch it evaporate when you graduate.