Shouldn't Sandisk Be Eager To See The End Of DRM?
from the sansa dept
You'd think the company running second, behind Apple, in the market for digital music players, would have the most to gain from the abandonment of DRM. After all, despite what Steve Jobs says, the iTunes DRM does serve to lock consumers in to buying iPods. So it's a little disappointing to read Sandisk's own open letter on DRM (via Engadget), in which CEO Eli Harari seems mainly interested in sucking up to the music industry. In it he calls out Jobs for being confrontational, and says that while consumers deserve fair use, there also needs to be mechanisms to ensure the rights of musicians and content owners. This stance might be understandable if DRM actually worked, but it doesn't. It deprives music listeners of their choices without bringing any benefit to music labels or the musicians on their roster. At the end of the letter, he does suggest that walled gardens are a bad idea, but it doesn't sound particularly convincing, after what came before it.