Music Download Stores Risk Backlash From Enslaved Users
from the it's-all-about-the-lock-in dept
While there hasn’t been much backlash yet, a new study is suggesting that the ridiculous levels of lock-in required by the various download music stores means that users are going to get increasingly pissed off that they don’t actually own the music they thought they bought — and that it only plays on certain devices for a certain period of time. Already, we’ve noted one lawsuit against Apple by someone who felt compelled to buy an iPod to listen to his music. While that lawsuit may be a tough case to prove, it’s still odd that none of these music stores are willing to admit that openness tends to drive more users. I’ve never bought a single song from any of them because I don’t want to be trapped in whatever different format they happen to use that will be popular this week. If I keep buying CDs (rarely), at least I know I’ll be able to convert them to MP3s and move them where I want them to go.