Monday, June 20, 2005

proprietary ?

Rocky Mountain News: Technology: "It's just a proprietary decision by Apple to decide whether to play along or not..."

Hmm. Seems to me, that Sony BMG is the one who made the "proprietary decision" to go with a system (Windows Media DRM) that is not supported by the most popular portable audio player in the world - the iPod family, which also holds the largest share of the market. Maybe Sony should have licensed FairPlay DRM from Apple when Apple gave them the chance. Apple shouldn't have to lower themselves to accepting inferior formats (Windows Media) just because Sony thinks so. Let Sony make all of their digital audio players Windows Media DRM-compatible. I bet that most of Sony's aren't. In fact, Sony's equipment generally uses ATRAC3, so why didn't they use that format on the DMB release? It just doesn't make sense.

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