DRM in the iPod/iPhone, and brief musings on DRM in general

Here is an article that discusses DRM on the iPod and iPhone, and how it locks you into Apple’s solutions. Nothing new here, but more of an issue for people who can buy from iTunes, which doesn’t include people like me.
This article is an interesting refresher on DRM music, and highlighting it against the ongoing backdrop of general cheer and jubilation on the unveiling of the iPhone.
There are people who advocate against DRM totally. I agree with that, but there are also valid points for using DRM solutions. I mean, I don’t agree with DRM, but I can see why there’d be support for it. Blasphemy? Think about it. Suppose for a second that you’re a content creator. You are a singer, for instance. Or an author. You work long and hard at your craft, and distribute it to the masses. You want them to buy you stuff of course. However you realize that your neighbour and your good friends have already got a copy of your work, *without* paying for them. How would you feel?
It’s just that I’m writing a piece of software I intend to sell, and I won’t be too comfortable if it’s available just everywhere. Writing a book is something I would love to do one day, and sure enough, if I’m making money off it, I’m not so sure I’d be happy to have the ebook edition of my book floating around.
The trouble with all this noise about DRM is the majority of the people out there, especially the ones who make the most noise, is they are content consumers, not content providers, not content creators. To really know how DRM came to be, one has to step into these people’s shoes.
Someone might invariably shove a Cory Doctorow to my face. Fair enough. But is everyone as far sighted as Cory? I know they need to be, but in reality, are they? Cory goes out of his way to advocate for freedoms in this regard, and props to him, no question about it.
If there was an affordable avenue for me to buy my music, I’d buy what I want. And I suspect there are plenty of people out there! I already buy my ebooks and audiobooks, when I know if I try hard enough I can get them for free.


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