iTunes, Fairplay & The Long Game of Steve Jobs

February 9, 2007

In the wake of Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Music, there has been a lot of speculation as to what it means that Jobs — who fathered the most extensively used Digital Rights Management system in the world (Fairplay) – is calling for the end of DRM.

Wired’s Cult of Mac sums up some of more intriguing thoughts here, speculating that just as the iTunes Music Store “One contract fits all” approach managed to build the world’s largest digital music store, with DRM on all music (whether requested by the owners or not), the same leverage could now be applied to force all of the participants to leave DRM behind, or lose access to their only growth market.

Is it really possible that this has been Jobs’ “Long Game” all this time? That Apple embraced DRM only to get it to hold still long enough to drive a stake through its heart?
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Removing iTunes DRM with JHymn

May 17, 2005

Assuming you don’t live somewhere with laws like the DMCA, you might wish to drop by The Unofficial Apple Weblog, where they have posted a three-step process for using JHymn remove the FairPlay protection from your iTunes Music Store purchases.

Just in order for you to exercise your fair-use rights without constraint, of course.

As always, don’t do anything that may be illegal in your country, and don’t steal music…