The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Friday, 26 March 2004]

DRM is bad, mmkay?

Cory Doctorow has a good writeup over at the awesomely cool Boing Boing about his troubles with iTunes Digital Resource Management (DRM).

It’s exactly the kinds of issues Doctorow is going through that keeps me from spending any money at the iTunes Music Store. Not that it’s Apple’s fault, per se; it seems they did a really good job of talking the troglodytic music publishers into a semblance of a sane DRM scheme. Here’s Apple’s brief and breezy explanation of the scheme.

As a person who goes between different computers all the time and does Strange and Disturbing things to operating systems, adding the overhead of authorizing and deauthorizing machines so that I can listen to music I’ve bought is a complete show stopper.

Still loving the iTunes Music Store, though. It’s a great way to sample music. I’m just not going to buy anything from there and add DRM hassles to my life. Hopefully with time the labels are going to wake up and smell the burning vinyl.

Music: “Rise Above” by Black Flag [Opens in iTunes]

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