Apple – Thoughts on Music
Steve Jobs – February 6, 2007
Agreed. A great open letter from Steve Jobs.
EMI (who own Virgin, Higher Octave, Narada, Blue Note etc.) declared a little while ago that they will stop manufacturing CDs with DRM, which they were selling in Europe and were getting in trouble for. Personally, I don’t buy from iTunes because of DRM and the sound quality. I think Jon has purchased quite a number of songs from iTunes, but that’s because he often searches for a specific song and does not want to buy the full album.
I think the writing is on the wall… Which one of the big companies will take the first step?
What should a download store be like, you ask. Like our ListeningLounge, of course:
1. No DRM
2. Full Previews (not just 30 seconds)
3. Choice of quality – from 128kbps to 320kbps and all the way to uncompressed AIFF.
You can really find everything on Wikipedia…