Shackled music doesn’t sell and hurts the planet
I can feel the floor jumping to the legions of anti-DRMers doing the ‘I told you so’ dance. Andrew Orlowski suggests DRM ‘may be entering its final days‘, because CD sales are down, but online music sales (which are shackled with digital rights management) aren’t growing either.
I would never buy music which I couldn’t freely listen to on any one of the devices I have which can play audio files, but I was always a little worried that many consumers wouldn’t realise they could not do this, until after the music industry had shackled every music file everywhere.
Perhaps the stagnant sales of shacked music means many people do realise this already. Brilliant!
Incidentally, don’t forget that the extra load DRM unlocking puts on music players significantly reduces the battery life. Hence saying no to DRM also goes a little way to saving the environment.