Back in June, we noted how FCC Chairman Kevin Martin tended to trot out the same speech at the various trade shows at which he speaks. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman is another favorite at telecom events, where he gets up and talks about how the experience of buying mobile music isn't very good, how it's great that there are multiple formats for the same content, and how important DRM is -- as he did today at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, where he could have just reused his speech from a CTIA even in San Francisco in September 2005. Apart from the speech, another thing that hasn't changed is that many of the things Bronfman complains about are, at least partly, of his own doing. For instance, he says music is too expensive on mobile, while he complains about prices for digital music sold online, and how he's powerless to raise them. He says that mobile music shops should be "fun and easy for consumers," but insists on dictating exactly how people can use content they've purchased, with a view towards extracting as much cash as possible from them. So many of the things Bronfman complains about are things over which he can exert some control, though he chooses not to. While operators and service providers have made plenty of their own mistakes in getting mobile music going, Bronfman and his record-label cronies certainly don't make it easy for them, no matter how much he complains.
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