In a great move, and one that is needed, Steve Jobs released his thoughts on music on the Apple Website today. In this letter, he makes a pretty good case for making all music DRM free. I thinked he summed it up in one paragraph.
"Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player."
DRM hasn't worked and needs to be abolished. DRM does not hurt the the people are distributing it illegally. It only hurts the people who want to legitimally listen and use the music.
Let's see what comes from the four music labels and see how they can hold on to their DRM dreams. Many pundits said that this year we would begin to see the end of DRM. I am beginning to believe them. The tidal wave is growing and it will only be a litte bit until it comes crashing down on the four big music labels.