Steve Jobs expounds on DRM in rare, open letter to the public

February 06, 2007

If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store.

None of the points Jobs makes are new, indeed, all are regurgitations of everything myself and others have been saying for years, but it is interesting to hear them come from someone with such cachet in the industry. Perhaps Jobs could prove to everyone he’s serious by allowing those artists who aren’t beholden to the “big four music companies” to sell their music through iTMS without DRM (assuming they want to, and most do), something he has heretofore forbidden. Why wait on the major labels?

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