Hoorah! Sony, the last of the big 4 music companies to maintain their DRM (digital rights management) of music, have dropped it. Though theoretically DRM guards against musical piracy by preventing distribution in practice people were too cunning to be bothered by it – either breaking the DRM with downloaded tools from the web or just not bothering to buy Sony product. Now though we will all be able to circulate our music freely.
Now far be it from me to criticise the great golden calf of modern design and tech, but shouldn’t Apple look at doing something similar? After all, iTunes is a completely proprietory system and it’s rather restrictive.
It’s why I went for a creative Zen – that and the radio. Just a thought.