Steve Jobs' Thought on Music

Apple LogoThought on Music, written by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the topic of DRM protected music. Problem: "The problem, of course, is that there are many smart people in the world, some with a lot of time on their hands, who love to discover such secrets and publish a way for everyone to get free (and stolen) music." Solution: (1) Continue with Apple's FairPlay system, as it does not really lock users into iPod/iTunes because majority of stored music is still unprotected. (2) License FairPlay to competitors, but keeping cryptographical secret and updating devices can cause more problems. (3) Sell unprotected, untangled music, since we all know that DRM never worked anyway. Action: Go and hassle music publishing companies to remove DRM, and Apple will embrace it in a heartbeat. Interesting read.