Linked by alcibiades on Tue 30th May 2006 20:40 UTC
In the News Dell and its business model has been the focus of a lot of comment on Apple oriented forums in recent months. The Dell model is said to be unviable, and Dell's recent news is said to prove this. A limited endorsement of sorts for the so called "end to end model" in music has been published by Walt Mossberg in the WSJ. Recently a real sky-is-falling article with this theme has appeared here. This is a subject that matters. If the advocates of the so-called "end to end model" are right, it implies that the industry structure which allows us all to source hardware from wherever we want, and run a variety of OSs on it, is in danger.
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They have it.

It's called an audio CD. You can make one right from iTunes.

Or use the analog hole and your cutting-edge 8-track recorder. Whatever suits your needs.

If you want the full quality of the original file you downloaded, you have to play it through iTunes or an iPod, or just leave the house and get a real CD, but it's not like people are buying iPods because they're locked in. They buy them because they're better. Fairplay just offers much more flexibility than WMDRM ever will.

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