April 15 2007

Wow… that’s… just stupid.

Gizmo News is reporting on comments made by Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel of Microsoft, said about Apple’s recent comments about DRM. They are mind-numbingly bitter it would seem over Apple swinging the DRM deal with EMI records.

I’m not a big believer in just blaming the music industry for Apple’s inability to sell every conceivable iPod

That’s now what you said you idiot. They said it was about defending the rights of the consumers in that DRM restricted the end consumers right to do with their purchase as they please. DRM has little, to no, bearing on the sale of iPods, but on the sale of the actual music.

I think they’re (Apple) doing pretty well from what I can tell. In fact I think the music companies are the ones who right now are doing a little less well.

Well, yes, because as a consumer, refuse to purchase an item with such restrictive rules placed on it. Just like I won’t buy a CD with copy protection on it. I refuse to be treated as a pirate because a hand full of people are pirates. It’s not fair to the majority of consumers.

Smith said that Microsoft would be interested in similar deals for its Zune player, which made a lackluster debut in US stores last year.

“At the same time I wouldn’t go as far as Steve Jobs did and suggest that everything is the fault of the record labels,” he added.

Okay, so basically you’re bitter because Apple beat you to the punch. If you so believe in DRM, then you shouldn’t be interested in similar deals. And doesn’t this benefit Microsoft in the long run? Music purchased at iTunes can now be played on a Zune, which it couldn’t before hand, so if someone was buying an iPod over a Zune just for that reason, doesn’t it benefit Microsoft in the end?

“I believe that fundamentally people who produce content and who own the rights to that content deserve the opportunity to make their own decisions about how they want to provide that content to the public,” Smith added.

And as a member of the public, I have the right to vote with my dollars and not support those decesions made by the rights owners. They can make those decisions all day long, but if I feel they restrict my freedom, then, that’s my right to say “no thanks”.

The Zune is a failure for the most part, Apple beat you to the DRM punch, suck it up and stop being a sore loser.

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