It's nice to see a mainstream publication, like the Washington Post, start to recognize that the multiple incompatible forms of copy protection and DRM are creating "music ghettos" where songs bought from one service can't play on certain devices and songs bought on other services can't play on other devices -- creating a huge hassle for anyone who actually wants to buy the music they like and listen to it whatever music device they like. As Tim Lee points out, one of the big culprits here (unfortunately, not mentioned in the Washington Post article) is the DMCA law and its anti-circumvention rule. Without that, someone could come along and create utilities to make songs from any of these services compatible with any device. However, thanks to the anti-circumvention rule, that's illegal. The end result is that the entire industry is completely held back by the law that the industry itself pushed so hard for and refuses to reform. It's yet another example where the recording industry is shooting itself in the foot by holding back its own market through short-sighted policies.
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