The "story of impending doom" is that without encrypted music formats, no one will be able to earn money, so the motivation to produce music will collapse, destroying the music industry. That's pretty much been my attitude. (The wife says I'm always half-empty, so maybe that's why I think like that.)

-- Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac

Mix, Burn, Rip

And yet the standard media format that the music industry has been using to measure the "effect" of piracy has no DRM, and is better quality than any of the currently downloadable formats and thus more attractive for thieves. And all the software out there that allows you to play DRMed music allows you to save the music in this industry-standard format, so you can "Mix, Burn, Rip" the DRM away... at the cost of an almost indiscernible loss in quality that you can't even hear when you're listinng to it with a personal music player in a bus, a train, your car, on the street, in an office... and if you're concerned about one single re-encoding you should have bought the music on a CD anyway.

No, DRM doesn't provide any significant barrier to someone who wants to share the music with their friends or with a million strangers. DRM has little to do with protecting the music. What I think it's about is control of the market by the labels: the more control they have over the music, the more money they make.

Meanwhile, anyone who wants to rip off iTunes can do it without DVD Jon's help. Anyone who wants to play music from the iTunes Music Store in their RIO can surely figure out a way to get there without waiting on Congress to pass a law. Apple even told them, in their old iTunes ad campaign. Just shift the words around a little, and you've got it...

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