Im frankly bemused by the recent announcement by Steve Jobs of Apple that he would be happy to remove DRM restrictions from iTunes if the record labels would let him. He says it would be better for consumers...
Sorry Steve, thats bullshit.
This DRM (Fairplay as its called on iTunes) is what prevents people from using their iTunes songs on anything other than your iPods. And that has NOTHING to do with the record companies. Have you ever made any attempt to even allow other MP3 player manufacturers to licence it so consumers can use iTunes tracks elsewhere? (As the record companies quite rightly pointed out today) Nope. Quite the opposite.
When I buy a new MP3 player I am forced to buy Apple or lose every song ive ever bought from iTunes. Not only that but I have no way of copying that track i've legally bought to a normal MP3 so I can play it on a personal MP3 player.
Steve, stop posturing for credibility. You are fast becoming worse than Microsoft. DRM is absolutely unfair on consumers, and I for one am bloody fed up of it.