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Steve Jobs’ iTunes dance

Filed under: February 23, 2007

Cory Doctorow has an interesting article on Salon.com with comments about Steve Jobs’ recent open letter on DRM.

If you rip your own CDs and load them onto your iPod, you’ll notice something curious. The iPod is a roach motel: Songs check in, but they don’t check out. Once you put music on your iPod, you can’t get it off again without Apple’s software. No recovering your music collection off your iPod if your hard drive crashes. What’s more, Apple prevents copying indiscriminately. You can’t copy any music off your iPod. Apple even applies the no-copying measure to audio released under a Creative Commons license (for example, my own podcasts), which prohibits adding DRM. The Creative Commons situation is inexcusable; because Creative Commons licenses are machine-readable, iTunes could automatically find the C.C.-licensed works and make them available for copying back to your computer.

Read the full article at Salon.com