Remember when online music purchases came with digital rights management (DRM)? That's the focus of an iPod antitrust lawsuit from 2005 that for some reason is just hitting the courts this week. Dawn Chmielewski has a short overview on Recode: 'Apple to Defend Against iPod Antitrust Suit' In light of this case, it's interesting to read Steve Jobs' 2007 open letter pressuring music companies to go DRM free. Here's a sample:
Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat.
Yes, I know the lawsuit is from 2005 while the letter is from 2007. Still, I think Steve's letter does a better job of explaining the position Apple was in than any article I have read on the subject.