Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2007 17:09 UTC
Apple Columnist Bill Thompson at the BBC asks whether the time has come for Apple to be put under the EU microscope in the same way as Microsoft has. "If Apple was serious about building a music industry around downloads and digital devices then it would open up its devices and interfaces to allow greater innovation and greater competition."
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Missing The Point...
by macUser on Thu 20th Sep 2007 18:02 UTC
macUser
Member since:
2006-12-15

They want Apple to open up its architecture? Apple can't open up access to songs they have no right to open access to. Sure Apple is a high profile target, but the real culprit are the labels.

Do they want to force Apple to license fairplay?

Why not kill the snake at the head rather than cut off the tail?

Edited 2007-09-20 18:03

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RE: Missing The Point...
by mini-me on Thu 20th Sep 2007 18:08 in reply to "Missing The Point..."
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2005-07-06

Amen! Down with DRM!

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RE[2]: Missing The Point...
by Quoth_the_Raven on Thu 20th Sep 2007 23:02 in reply to "RE: Missing The Point..."
Quoth_the_Raven Member since:
2005-11-15

Um...

Isn't that what Steve Jobs called for earlier in the year?

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RE: Missing The Point...
by Pseudo Cyborg on Thu 20th Sep 2007 18:09 in reply to "Missing The Point..."
Pseudo Cyborg Member since:
2005-07-09

Very well said.

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RE: Missing The Point...
by Timmmm on Thu 20th Sep 2007 19:42 in reply to "Missing The Point..."
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

Except that they have blocked third party applications (e.g. Rhythmbox or Amarok) from even uploading songs onto the iPod. As far as I understand anyway. I don't think this has anything to do with DRM.

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RE[2]: Missing The Point...
by LobalSurgery on Thu 20th Sep 2007 20:09 in reply to "RE: Missing The Point..."
LobalSurgery Member since:
2006-09-07

The interoperability of downloaded music files and MP3 players has everything to do with DRM. If every legal download service offered songs in MP3 format, without DRM, wouldn't they play on every single player? Here, the blame lies firmly with the labels.

Apple is already selling a limited amount of songs without DRM (from only one label willing to try it so far). They cost more, track by track, but are the same price if you buy an entire album. It's a big step in the right direction, but if other labels don't follow then it'll have been nothing more than a cool experiment.

However, tying an iPod exclusively to iTunes is a valid complaint. They make much more money on the iPod you've already bought than the songs you might buy on the iTunes store: ~3.5 billion songs spread over 100 million iPods is only 35 songs per iPod (and of the $1 they get for each song, maybe $0.10 is profit). This shouldn't be as a big a deal to Apple as it appears to be.

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RE[2]: Missing The Point...
by tyrione on Thu 20th Sep 2007 21:13 in reply to "RE: Missing The Point..."
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Can you use a Zune to access iTunes?

Can use use an iPod to access WMA 10 media files from Microsoft?

Edited 2007-09-20 21:14

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RE: Missing The Point...
by polaris20 on Thu 20th Sep 2007 20:15 in reply to "Missing The Point..."
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly. I think a lot of people mistakenly think it's all Apple, while actually a good portion of it are constraints applied by the (arguably more evil than MS) record labels.

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RE: Missing The Point...
by vikramsharma on Fri 21st Sep 2007 04:07 in reply to "Missing The Point..."
vikramsharma Member since:
2005-07-06

It's easy to cut the tail than to strike at the head. It's these music labels (goons) who force companies like Apple to force DRM, the music labels always go scot free.

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