Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 22:33 UTC
Multimedia, AV

Nilay Patel on the further disappearance of the headphone jack, and its replacement, Bluetooth:

To improve Bluetooth, platform vendors like Apple and Google are riffing on top of it, and that means they’re building custom solutions. And building custom solutions means they’re taking the opportunity to prioritize their own products, because that is a fair and rational thing for platform vendors to do.

Unfortunately, what is fair and rational for platform vendors isn’t always great for markets, competition, or consumers. And at the end of this road, we will have taken a simple, universal thing that enabled a vibrant market with tons of options for every consumer, and turned it into yet another limited market defined by ecosystem lock-in.

This is exactly what's happening, and it is turning something simple and straightforward - get headphones, plug it in literally every single piece of headphones-enabled audio equipment made in the last 100 years, and have it work - into an incompatibility nightmare. And this incompatibility nightmare is growing and getting worse, moving beyond just non-standard Bluetooth; you can't use Apple Music with speakers from Google or Amazon, and Spotify doesn't work on the Apple Watch.

Removing the headphone jack was a user-hostile move when Apple did it, and it's still a user-hostile move when Google does it.

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RE[3]: DRM is the future
by grat on Sat 7th Oct 2017 21:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: DRM is the future"
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Revenues also depend on sales.

Remember the furor when Apple gave everybody a copy of the new U2 single? That was a reaction to Apple giving something away for *free*.

Can you imagine the uproar if Apple stops letting you play your choice of audio on their phone?

It would be fiscal suicide.

My whole point about DRM and iTunes was that Apple had it (along with the few other stores at the time). They removed DRM, and saw huge benefits.

And while HDMI has DRM built in, to my knowledge, there is not a single HDMI component that refuses to pass an HDCP-free signal, which is the equivalent to what you're suggesting.

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