p2pnet.net News Opinion:- You have to give it to them: Apple followers are hard-core. They leap to the defence of their favourite corporate music site (iTunes) or computer (the MAC) or mp3 player (iPod) or operating system (OS X) with alacrity.
It’d be interesting to see Apple’s market research: how much of the undeniable loyalty is because of the excellence of its product and how much because Apple has a definite identity whereas PCs are part of a large crowd.
At any rate, our iTunes, MyTunes, ourTunes – Apple’s tunes, or yours? riled Jobs fans and we’re posting three of their comments below.
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Actually it’s Apples iTunes, they can and will break any attempt to bypass the record industry plutocrats DRM, like it or not; otherwise your waspishness is wasted.
Any chance it’s not actually Apple that wants the music so tightly gaurded? Maybe they are trying really hard to KEEP the contracts they have with the labels by bending to their (albeit off-colour) wishes to encrypt/protect/lock-up everything they can.
I was under the impression that Apple actually wanted to find a way to sell the music without ANY DRM and they couldn’t get any labels on board without it.
Somehow I feel all this antagonism towards Apple (above article included) is a tad bit misdirected.
There has been headlines everywhere about the batteries problem, dozens of articles in mainstream media outlets, There are tons of other Apple Haters working as “news reporters” just waiting to say “ah ah! told you so, you pay tons of money for your hardware, and look, there are some defects!”. Sorry I’m sure you’ll find many more cases of consumers electronics and computers recalls in the financial results of most computer makers than in the news, as for Apple, every single problem is overly scruntized by many (non-mac) news outlets often with factually challenged articles.
“Apple just plain won’t let people who’ve paid good money – a lot of it – to download Big Four record label cartel tracks from its iTunes play them on anything except its iPod.”
You can play bought iTunes tracks on as many as five computers, thats for every song available on the iTMS. People forget that not everyone wants/needs portability…People who buy tunes on iTMS are informed of the limitation induced by the DRM, including the fact that you can only use an iPod as a portable music player to play the DRM tunes. You can also burn tracks on CD’s that are the equivalent of what can be heard from playing those on iTunes or on the iPod.
Before puting DRM on the iPod put a couple of things to prevent straightfoward copying of tracks between computers using an iPod. But this was to please the RIAA, they didn’t advertised to them that you could turn this mechanism off very easily with a check box. Apple is not fundamentaly a pro DRM company, they do it in this case because they have to. Mac OS X doesn’t require to be registered online, the rare quirks introduced for commercial purposes are easy to go around. Apple doesn’t try to make infaillible DRM, it is almost purposedly weak. Funny to see the hackers so proud to have hacked some Apple DRM when really Apple didn’t even try to make it infaillible. The way to do an almost totally unhackeable DRM would be using a hardware solution like “Palladium” from MS, Intel and other partners, and then you would have your music collection locked in the Windows platform.
But anyway, I’m guess you don’t have any DRM tunes because they are “evil” and because p2p and mp3russianmafia.com are soooo cheaper. Oh and by the way… you can also play normal mp3′s, AIFF’s and a lossless codec on the iPod…
The only way to legally buy tunes from the Big 4 labels “cartel” is to accept their conditions, is it that hard to understand? Apple has to go after utilities that could in a way replicate a free mirror server of the iTMS. They have to give the impression that they got things under control or they could lose leverage or their contracts entirely. If you want to boycott DRM well don’t say you want to be able to chose your DRM flavor…