I feel that media producers (i.e. movie studios and record companies) and companies that provide downloads of commercial media are using digital rights management to lock users in to certain portable devices, software media players, and operating systems. One instance is where protected media files cannot be played on operating systems that a media provider doesn't support (most likely Linux and FreeBSD). Users with an unsupported operating system might have to resort to using a compatibility layer (has a high chance of not running the special player and/or result in reduced performance), virtualization (runs a supported operating system on emulated hardware, but requires large amounts of RAM), circumvention of the DRM (might work, but could violate the DMCA), or piracy (will work, but could violate copyright law). Even on a supported operating system (most likely Windows and Mac OS X), users might prefer other portable devices than those supported by the special player (i.e. iPod on iTunes) or would rather use a player with less resources and/or have a certain feature in a player than the special one. Because of this, people should be able to play their media on any device and any operating system, even if it requires converting to a different format.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00374
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle