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Steve Jobs on DRM

February 6, 2007

I love it when CEOs are open, transparent, and specific about their companies and their products. They set the bar for what I’m trying to accomplish on this blog with SmugMug. Customer communication can only improve a company’s ability to deliver good products.

Jonathan Schwartz is a great example of this, and now Steve Jobs is in the game. Not quite a blog, for Jobs, but a super-important letter, anyway.

If you like music, read it.

Not that my opinion matters all that much in the grand scheme of things, but I think he’s 100% on the money, both with his analysis and his conclusion.

Categories: business
  1. Ben Marklein
    February 6, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    I think you’re being a little too credulous here. Apple has gotten some bad press recently because even the labels are (privately, at least) hinting to the press that they’re considering loosening up on DRM, and the main reason is that rather than helping protect their interests, the lock-in that Apple now has with Fairplay has given them more power than labels want any retailer to have. So, I read this as Jobs trying to get out in front of something that’s already happening, and his real agenda is to make his argument against licensing Fairplay.

  2. Ben Marklein
    February 7, 2007 at 1:57 am

    Excellent summary of commentary on Jobs’ statement here: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/06/will_steve_jobs_drop.html

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