Interoperable DRM

bq.DRM is bad, but if we must have it, make it interoperable. Microsoft is willing to license Windows Media to Apple. Apple should be willing to license FairPlay as well. It’s that simple. We can talk about imaginary worlds where everything is free (free as in non-DRM’d) and no one steals, but let’s talk about reality a bit, eh? – “Paul Thurrott(In Web Manifesto, Apple’s Jobs Calls for End to DRM)”:http://www.internet-nexus.com/2007/02/in-web-manifesto-apples-jobs-calls-for.htm Now that “Steve Jobs(Jobs on DRM and Music)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2007/02/06/jobs and “Bill Gates(Bill Gates On The Future Of DRM)”:http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/12/14/bill-gates-on-the-future-of-drm/ are on record as saying that DRM doesn’t work, it is simply not the time to give the record companies what they have wanted all along: a unified platform that plays enough music that will make them enough money that they can ignore the countries and companies that are actively trying to get them to change their ways.
bq.Most every player device works at every one of these “stores” and it is pretty easy to keep all the songs, no matter where you got them, in a single folder or “jukebox” on your computer. But not the iPod. Most agree it is the best quality player on the market even if the cheapest one costs a few hundred dollars. The problem is that the iPod only works with either songs that you buy from the on-line Apple iTunes store or songs that you rip from your own CD’s. But those other music sites have lots of music that you can’t get at the iTunes store. So, if you have an iPod, you are out of luck. – “Hilary Rosen(Incompatible DRM)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/05/09/incompatible I would “argue(France and DRM)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/03/22/france that the only reason we are even having this discussion is because of the facts that Apple and Microsoft’s DRM do not work together. And one other thing…
bq.seek a license to Microsoft’s Windows Media technologies – “Paul Thurrott(In Web Manifesto, Apple’s Jobs Calls for End to DRM)”:http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/95125/95125.html?Ad=1 Is that PlaysForSure DRM or Zune DRM? They are “non-interoperable(The DRM of Zune)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/09/15/zune, after all. It seems unlikely that Microsoft would allow the iPod to play both when none of their players can.