santiago at mr-r.net
Mon Jan 12 13:31:02 MST 2009
On Jan 12, 2009, at 11:45 AM, Jason Wright wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:32 AM, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
>> yet a smart company MUST play the game in
>> order to remain competitive in the market.
> Amazon.com seems to be doing fine without DRM, Walmart as well. Heck,
> any individual artist selling music on their site almost never uses
You are conveniently forgetting that Walmart and Amazon.com selling
DRM-free music happened AFTER Apple started selling DRM-free music
through the iTunes Store. Apple started selling DRM-free tracks in
April 2007, Wal-mart in Aug 2007, and Amazon.com in September 2007
(dates pulled from Ars Technica and Wikipedia articles).
Before that, Wal-mart was playing the SAME DRM game with the same
record labels. Prior to 2007, NONE of the labels were letting their
cash-cow, mainstream artists music onto the market without some sort
of DRM. (eMusic has always had DRM-free MP3 songs, but prior to these
moves, they didn't ever have the mainstream stuff "popular" stuff).
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