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Apple, iTunes and Apparent Contradictions

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March 27, 2006

Apple, iTunes and Apparent Contradictions

Heather Green

Nivi pulled together a couple of quotes that seem to demonstrate that Jobs may have at one point agreed with the tact the French are taking on iTunes and the need for inter-operability. (Which could affect the sale of iPods in France and to a lesser extent the dynamics for podcasting there).

"In 2002, Steve Jobs said, 'If you legally acquire music, you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own.'

In 2006, France said, 'The consumer must be able to listen to the music they have bought on no matter what platform.'"

Of course, Jobs may simply have meant that you have the right to manage it on all the Apple devices you own....

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You just never know about some people.

A corporation is like a person with no pants to kick or soul to damn.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at March 27, 2006 10:45 AM

I really don't think it's an Apple, Windows, French or user question. I think the real gripe comes for record labels who have lost their stranglehold on being able to charge outrageous prices.

Why not impose a law on all car makers that all their parts must work in all makes and models of vehicles as well?

Posted by: dg at March 27, 2006 01:11 PM

Jobs was wrong in 2002 and the French are wrong in 2006. The law should not be used to compell sellers to sell more if buyers are willing to pay for less.

What is "wrong" is that consumers are willing to pay good money for the exceptionally limited rights that Apple is offering. What is bizarre is that no one has managed to build a business offering better rights that can defeat the growing Apple monopoly. But, if consumers are dumb enough to pay for these limited rights, Apple should have the right to sell them. Hopefully, someone will see the opportunity and figure out how to compete with them. Too bad, the pioneer of digital audio business, doesn't seem up to it... The rights are much more durable -- you can actually go back to them years later and discover what you bought before!.

bob wyman

(Note: I have an iPod but use it exclusively for PodCasts and non-iTunes content. I should also mention that I have some of the oldest patents for DRM technology... But, I never imagined DRM would be used as badly as Apple uses it...)

Posted by: Bob Wyman at March 27, 2006 04:52 PM

What French's parliament did was totally out of desparation. Jobs should pull iTunes and iPod out of France. It will be a matter of time that French people will crawl back to Jobs' feet begging for return of iTunes/iPod.

Posted by: paulchsieh at March 28, 2006 10:41 PM

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