Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
As expected, the digital music market has been saturated as people finish replacing and rounding out their music collection with the new format. The music industry continues to wail and gnash its teeth, however, blaming declining sales on piracy rather than poor marketing, worse technology, and indifferent quality (I mean, a album by Paris Hilton? Come on now). The comments, though, tell a different story, as writer after writer rejects the music industry's plaints, and with it, the marketing disaster that is DRM. It's unlikely that the music industry will listen - but one wonders, will the editors of the Globe and Mail get the message, and change their perspective on this issue. More on this, as the Register, with its usual restraint, reports that iTunes sales are collapsing and that "The Big Four know that the DRM era is nearly over - and within two or three years... 'most countries" in the world will have a blanket licensing regime where we exchange music freely, for a couple of quid a month." See also IT Wire, The beginning of the end of DRM.

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2021 1:39 p.m.