DRM: It “sounds” good …

Throughout the life of this blog I will try not to editorialize too much in the news stuff, and try not to be too newsy in the rest. Here’s what I think of DRM … ! First of all, let’s be honest, this technology of keeping toys away from people makes the most sense when it protects the little guy, but most often is used in service of the big guy. First, it’s expensive to make. Second, you have to remake it constantly (‘cause hackers sit around and wait for this technology to come out so they can crack it). Third, it really hasn’t been thought out just yet.

But, even if DRM was JUST for the big guy, that’s no reason why it should be made illegal or even constantly cracked. I mean the commercial at the beginning of the movie trailers with the actor in painter’s clothes who says, “When you copy a movie, I can’t feed my family! Please, end priacy.” is TOTAL propaganda. But, whatever. It doesn’t make piracy right.

So let’s leave the right/wrong of piracy out of it for a moment and just consider lawful use of DRM. You buy an album off iTunes (If you buy off iTunes, run it through Hymn to get rid of the DRM—after you decide how you feel about DRM), and you back it up to your external hard drive, so that even if you lose your computer, you still have your album. Let’s say you buy a new computer every three years. That means that in 15 years you will have run through the 5 authorizations that iTunes provides. And, this assumes that you only have 1 computer at a time. So what, you’ll probably be bored with Abbey Road in 15 years anyway, right? I mean the album has only endured, like, nearly half-a-century.

Do you like kids?
If you do, then perhaps you will share your music with them. Make them listen to it on car trips. This is the only reason I don’t revolt at the first tones of a country song. I grew up on country. Sure it’s the least dynamic music of this era (unless it is dynamic, but then we just call it “indie”), but it has a childhood of great memories for me. As a child, I didn’t purchase my dad’s records and 8-tracks … Good thing there was no DRM in 1980.


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