Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
For a company whose CEO professes a hatred of DRM, Apple sure has made DRM its alpha and omega. Having gotten into business with the two industries that most believe that you shouldn’t be able to modify your hardware, load your own software on it, write software for it, override instructions given to it by the mothership (the entertainment industry and the phone companies), Apple has defined its business around these principles. It uses DRM to control what can run on your devices, which means that Apple’s customers can’t take their “iContent” with them to competing devices, and Apple developers can’t sell on their own terms.
For years I’ve listened to Apple fans proclaim monopolies as being “bad”, yet today they seem perfectly comfortable in accepting the same model now that it’s enforced through the content and devices of their favorite company. complaint > dev/null.
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