FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM has been ineffective, and frequently misused. Apple's iTunes songs REQUIRE an iPod, if you want to use them on a digital device other than a computer. They've been using DRM to give the consumer no other option except CD for portable playback, and create unfair revenue streams. They also have an unfair advantage in the marketplace because of DRM. Since the iPod is the only permissable device, other MP3 players made by different manufacturers, aren't as sought after by consumers. Apple has to be the biggest abuser out there, of DRM. Now they are to offer Un-DRMing for 30 cents per song, to remove DRM from previously purchased music. I didn't ask for DRM, I didn't want DRM, and I'm certainly not going to pay to remove it. They need to remove the DRM for free. This feeds further into their unfair strategies in the marketplace. This is why the iPod is dominant. When the iPod came out, the Creative Nomad Jukebox was much much better. They had no music distribution scheme at the time. Apple did, and to create a monopoly on music, they used DRM. Also of note, other music distributors have shut down their DRM servers, so all the music customers have purchased will not work anymore.