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)”: Now that “Steve Jobs(Jobs on DRM and Music)”: and “Bill Gates(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)”: I would “argue(France and DRM)”: 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… a license to Microsoft’s Windows Media technologies – “Paul Thurrott(In Web Manifesto, Apple’s Jobs Calls for End to DRM)”: Is that PlaysForSure DRM or Zune DRM? They are “non-interoperable(The DRM of Zune)”:, after all. It seems unlikely that Microsoft would allow the iPod to play both when none of their players can.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.