Thoughts On Jobs' Thoughts

I'm sure most people who read my blog have read this.

I don't have much to say, since Jobs is clearly saying exactly what I want to hear in order to cover recent backlash he's received in Europe because of the anti-competitive nature of the Apple DRM software. I agree with everything he says, but what I want to know is why Jobs didn't get on his soapbox back when Apple made a deal with the four devils of the music industry. They needed the money and they needed to corner the market on digital music, and now it's pretty easy to stand up and make declarations about DRM when you're the top of the pile. There's something about this guy and how he and his company can always come out looking like the underdog heroes of the digital world.

And how I can still root for them.

DRM sucks.



Anonymous alex said...

Jobs has a voice. As much as I want to bring out my ever-present cynicism, this is... just a good thing. His point about DRM not stopping illegal file sharing is what really made it for me. There is no logic behind the record companies' and the RIAA's actions and beliefs. There have been a number of issues raised recently on how musicians are getting screwed no matter what - illegal file sharing doesn't do a damn thing to the artists, aside from expanding their use as a tool for the music administration industry to make money off of.

Larry Lessig is absolutely correct in his belief that the architecture needs to change, but there also must be social change - which really needs to check the corporate. We are too connected, our voice has too big a platform for these companies to push us around.

Blogger darrell said...

There is no logic behind the record companies' and the RIAA's actions and beliefs.

Word. I wish I could find it now, but I read an article recently where someone afiliated with the DFF (a lawyer, I believe) was debating someone at the RIAA (again, I think). Anyway, the point is, the RIAA dude tried to pull a "You make us look like the bad guys" whine, and the DFF dude said something along the lines of: "No, you make yourselves look like the bad guy when you prosecute old ladies and children for 'piracy.'"

Point being, the RIAA is totally out of it's mind on this issue. They have no clue what they're talking about and clearly no concept of reality. If they did they could see that their sales haven't really been effected by music piracy at all, and that even if they have they're never going to stop it. If they put DRM on the hard copy CDs people will crack that, or they'll start ripping DRM-free audio from the most dope and analog of all music sources, the 12 inch record. People want music, they want it to be open and accessable and playbable, and they don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it anymore.

So guess what RIAA...you lost! People finally woke up and realized what heartless, money-grubbing bastards you are. Boo hoo. You had a good run, learn to adapt to the new world. I'm sure there's all kinds of unscrupulous shit you can do in the world of digital music if you set your minds to it...

Anonymous alex said...

RIAA idiocy

Blogger darrell said...

No big surprise there.

I got a little frustrated reading the comments. The people who are like "Microsoft has no problem licensing and implementing DRM" are facking eejits. The point isn't that Apple couldn't do this if they wanted to, the point is that the upkeep of such a system becomes all the more impossible the more people you license to, which I think Jobs did a good job of explaining. This means Apple could license FairPlay, but if they did it's gonna get cracked more often and require insane amounts of time and energy to maintain. The RIAA can't read, but neither can some of the people over at Engadget.

Blogger Isaac said...

Well, I've always liked the iTunes store. It's extremely convenient for me, and works for pretty much every way I want to consume music and TV shows.

That being said, I still have never agreed with DRM in concept. It's never really been a problem with me because not only do I not mind only being able to use Apple products to absorb my purchased media, I actually relish the opportunity. I do understand why it is in theory a problem, though, and have always followed the online debates on the subject.

Jobs' article was extremely well written. I bet his staff worked on it for probably a good solid week, at least. It says exactly what needs to be said, and it says it in a way that is hard to argue against.

Every point I could have come up with to combat it is covered. As Darrell says, maybe he should have come out and said this earlier in the process...but the flipside of that is of course that nothing would have happened, and the iTunes store probably would have flopped without major label support.

At this point, he's in charge of the 4th largest music retailer on the planet, and there's a sliver of faint hope that the record companies will actually listen. I don't honestly think they will, but who knows...it's a start.

At the very least, it's hard for them to openly condemn him at this point, because honestly, they probably now rely on their iTunes income.

All I know is that I need an iPhone.

Anonymous alex said...

1. The iPhone is a lot of hype. Walled garden my ass.

2. Gates is a donkey, Vista is already cracked and on the streets of Iran selling for $8 a pop. oops.

Blogger Isaac said...

1. The iPhone is a lot of hype. Walled garden my ass.

You've used one then? Sure, it might suck, but how can anyone know, without them being available? I've read only positive reviews from the few articles I've read that were written by those who got to use the thing at Macworld.

Read my previous post for my opinion on the Apple walled garden thing. I agree that it exists, but it's never caused me any problems because I don't have any wish to use anything else. I also don't really know what you mean by "walled garden my ass." Are you saying that Apple is claiming the iPhone is an instance of a walled garden, and you disagree, or what?

Anonymous alex said...

To completely jump away from the main point of this blog post... The iPhone is a walled garden. Developer access is extremely restricted - to some crippled dashboard-like widgets. While there are a lot of good things about the iPhone, the touch-screen isn't necesasily all that great. There is no tactility... no touch-memory to use when dialing. Those are my two biggest issues, and both are extremely important to me. I develop mobile software, and use a lot of apps that other developers create. Developer apps are most often the most interesting. But if you only want a phone for messaging, talking, and rocking music/video, then the iPhone is fine.


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