Steve Jobs Frees The Music?


DRM is DefectiveByDesign
Of course, there’s this and this, but I think it’s important to highlight this from the Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Design campaign:

This is really big news. We’ll be sending Steve the open letter with over six thousand signatures and a thank you note with a DefectiveByDesign.org T-Shirt in recognition of this step towards eliminating DRM. Thank you for signing the open letter and spreading the word these last few weeks.

In the coming days and weeks we will see how the rest of the music industry responds to EMI’s move. We’ll keep you updated on ways you can help eliminate DRM, not only in music, but also in operating systems, hardware and libraries.

The Defective By Design folks has kept the pressure up re: DRM for some time. They’ve done it from the free software perspective, which is very important. Although the Jobs ‘Thoughts On Music‘ letter was an indication of a shift, today’s news is confirmation of it. Three cheers. As an Apple user, it’s good to see this blemish disappear.

PS: “audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording”? I’ll believe it when I hear it.

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