Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th May 2010 15:34 UTC
Legal Well, this was as inevitable as the tides rolling in. The New York Times is reporting that the US Department of Justice is investigating Apple's tactics in the digital music market. The antitrust probe is still in an early phase, and is said to focus on "the dynamics of selling music online".
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RE: Hmm...
by Declination on Wed 26th May 2010 17:59 UTC in reply to "Hmm..."
Declination
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2009-11-26

Apple hasn't sold music with DRM for some time now.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by Kroc on Wed 26th May 2010 18:03 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

But it still persists on videos. job’s call to action on DRM was nothing but a marketing stunt to rile up the Internet, just the same with his jabs at Flash.

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RE[3]: Hmm...
by Tony Swash on Wed 26th May 2010 18:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm..."
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

But it still persists on videos. job’s call to action on DRM was nothing but a marketing stunt to rile up the Internet, just the same with his jabs at Flash.



Not a shred of evidence for that. Apple only does what the content sellers insist on in order to sell their content. Every time the content providers have agreed to remove DRM Apple have gone along with it, in fact embraced it. You misunderstand Apple's business model.

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RE[3]: Hmm...
by darknexus on Wed 26th May 2010 19:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

But it still persists on videos.


Because the movie and TV industries haven't learned the hard lesson the music industry has grudgingly, finally, learned. Apple cannot sell videos without DRM if the content producers do not allow it. If you need proof of the video industry's love of DRM, just look at what they did to Blu-ray and DVDs before that. If Apple removed the DRM from their videos, they'd be squashed by big media before you could blink.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by jgagnon on Wed 26th May 2010 18:11 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
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2008-06-24

I get MP3's from Amazon and I don't want any other format. MP3's work with everything I have and I see no reason to change just because another format saves a few more bits of the original recording.

As far as I understand it, I can't get my music as MP3's directly from iTunes and I must instead download them in some other format and then convert them to MP3. A hassle I'm not willing to endure repeatedly. If there was some setting that said "always download as MP3" then I'd consider it.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by indiworks on Thu 27th May 2010 07:55 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
indiworks Member since:
2010-05-03

Apple hasn't sold music with DRM for some time now.


Apple is still selling DRMed music, it's simply watermarked DRM (your name etc. attached to every song you buy)!!!

So what about your rights of second-hand selling your iTunes song or passing on your collection to someone else (e.g. heritage)...? iTunes = still DRM but hidden!

http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/06/how-dirty-mp3-files-are-a-back-doo...

Edited 2010-05-27 07:56 UTC

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