In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves. The music companies sell the vast majority of their music DRM-free, and show no signs of changing this behavior, since the overwhelming majority of their revenues depend on selling CDs which must play in CD players that support no DRM system.
So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.
Jakiś kolejny anty-drmowy art przetłumaczony przez Byte’a? Nie, to rozważania Jobsa (ten od Apple) o muzyce, a właściwie jak ją sprzedawać. Kto jak kto ale koleś pchający najwięcej muzy via net chyba wie o czym pisze. Tak czy inaczej – ciekawa lektura, warto przeczytać co tam kombinuje ta druga, zła strona.
Thoughts on music by Steve Jobs