DRM Crackers Make Yahoo And Napster's Music Services All The More Useful
from the how-many-times dept
Instead, the overall effect on services like Napster and Yahoo could be quite positive, because stripping the DRM from their files makes them more useful and more valuable, and expands their potential audience beyond just Windows users with PlaysForSure-compatible music players. Users without such devices now have the opportunity to patronize these services, where as the only workarounds that existed before were even more convoluted. All this DRM has done is stop legitimate customers from having the chance to spend their money with these services; it's done nothing to stop piracy. But now, perhaps this software will help illustrate the value of not using DRM to Yahoo and Napster, though the lesson is likely to be lost on the record labels. Once again, for their benefit: copy protection doesn't stop piracy, it just pre-empts legitimate sales of music by forcing consumers to stick to products and services that support a particular scheme of restrictions. The labels decry Apple's power in the music download market, but it's their policies that created the current situation. If they want to grow the market and create competition among vendors -- a move that would benefit them, as well as consumers -- they need to drop their insistence on DRM. As long as they're more concerned with their pointless battle against online piracy than anything else, success in digital distribution will remain outside their grasp.