Mark Pilgrim has written a very cogent, readable essay on Microsoft’s consistently lame music offerings:
Microsoft named this developer platform Ã¢â‚¬Å“PlaysForSureÃ¢â‚¬Â, and they (and their partners) ran many, many ads decrying the fact that music purchased from AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s iTunes Music Store would Ã¢â‚¬Å“onlyÃ¢â‚¬Â play in iTunes and on iPods. This was, technically speaking, true Ã¢â‚¬â€ and indeed it is still true, and it is why I have cautioned Dora and you and anyone else who would listen that you should never Ã¢â‚¬Å“purchaseÃ¢â‚¬Â anything from the iTunes Music Store that you might want to Ã¢â‚¬Å“ownÃ¢â‚¬Â longer than Apple was willing to allow.
I can’t get very excited about digital rights these days, but this is a well-written explanation of why this stuff might matter to the average Normal Human.
A minor addendum to Mark’s blanket equivocation of iTunes with Microsoft’s DRM strategies: iTunes+ tracks are the same price and come with no DRM. The availability of an iTMS+ track is dependent on the license holder.
This is hardly “hot news” any more, a year later, but here’s what Steve Jobs actually thinks of DRM:
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