(via EFF) Yahoo Music’s general manager has had it with DRM. Just to refresh everyone’s memory, the growing rebel alliance against technological protection measures now includes EMI, Apple, Universal, eMusic and Amazon.
There is also the growing phenomenon of the DRM-free online release band. Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have found out that they are famous enough to bypass intermediaries, and are going to release their content online.
It does not take a genius to figure out that loading music with technological protection was a bad business model. Music is a shared experience in a level unlike other entertainment media. Music is to be shared, listened to in groups, discussed and talked about. The MP3 has been with us for more than a decade, why is it that the music industry has taken this long to realise that people prefer this format to all others?