I’ve been refusing to buy any CD that contained any form for copy protection on them, partly because they’re inferiour products that may not be played on my equipment, and partly because I don’t want to pay for the privilege to be treated badly. The good news is, now it seems that the era of these broken CDs is over. I read it on Boing Boing that EMI is doing the only sensible thing and dropping their DRM scheme for CDs. Was EMI the last company to realise this was the only sensible thing to do? If so, it can be nice looking for new CDs again from now on, without worrying if they really are real CDs.
Just wonder if those DRM’ed albums are rereleased on real CDs — there are some nice ones I refused to buy…
On a related note, how long will DRM on compressed music last? WMA, AAC and so on — will the companies want to keep this practise going, or will they reach the conclusion that their market is actually limited by it? Some thinks that DRM will stay for a long time, others that it will go away, and yet some that yes, it’ll go away, but it will be replaced with something else.
I don’t know myself, and don’t have any particular opinion of wether it will stay or not – but I hope for the best. I have read a few articles about what other thinks, though, and from the couple of last months or so:
- Who’s killing MP3 and Itunes?
- Ailing music biz set to relax digital restrictions
- Bill Gates On The Future Of DRM
- Media Leaders: We’re iPod Crazy Too
- Major labels to abandon DRM
- MPAA Kills Anti-Pretexting Bill
- Zune, Creative Commons Don’t Mix
So, any idea what the future of DRM look like?