Defective by Design

Financial Times: Crunch time for Apple’s music icon

Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-06-13 12:10

Tom Braithwite and Kevin Allison from the Financial Times write Pressure on Apple Computer to open its closed system of the iTunes digital music store and the iPod music player is spreading across Europe.

...there are early signs of a concerted consumer campaign. Customers at Apple’s shiny new 24-hour store on Fifth Avenue in New York were last week treated to the spectacle of men and women dressed in fluorescent radiation suits protesting against the “digital rights managment” (DRM) software that stops iTunes tracks being played on other players.

“As the largest purveyor of media infected with DRM, Apple have paved the way for the further erosion of users’ rights and freedoms made possible by the technology,” says DefectivebyDesign, the group behind the protests.
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