Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Feb 2007 21:55 UTC, submitted by Francis Kuntz
Multimedia, AV Steve Jobs writes: "Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat."
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RE[2]: Bad excuse
by arbour42 on Tue 6th Feb 2007 23:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Bad excuse"
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...then why not at least license FairPlay and/or license other DRM technology from other companies.

Jobs refutes this specifically in the letter - it's completely impractical to license Fairplay, mainly because it exponentially increases the chance for leaks of the DRM code, and makes updating players to fix DRM-breaks incredibly difficult.

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