Jobs on Music DRM

Just saw this post by “Steve Jobs on DRM”:

It’s nice to see somebody like him promoting DRM-free music. iTunes DRM is an annoyance that many of us geeks view as just another evil to avoid. With that, I loved his quote:

??Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat??

While I’m sure many of his opinions have been encouraged by recent events, such as European nations blocking iTunes DRM, I think he does a good job of raising the concerns iTunes has had to deal with to get the licensing rights.

For a company well known for locking in who can use their applications/os/music, it’s nice to hear them talk about the desire to embrace a DRM free market.