- DRM sucks, its too restrictive.
- I can't play a song on all the devices I own because of DRM, even though I have paid the full price.
- My car stereo can't play the songs bought from iTunes unless I burn them in a CD.
- My linux machine can't play the songs.
DRM does give us some benefits, like:
- Having been able to provide a eat-all subscription based service.
- Providing movie rentals based on download.
- Having been able to download files you have bought again, if u loose them.
- Studios being able to monetize on individual downloads, and hence (probably), passing on the profits to content creators.
- Stopping people from unauthorized copying the media.
- Have just one DRM format, which is open, and controlled by a non-profit organization.
- Make this format available for everyone royalty free, so people can get wild and implement it everywhere possible.
- Have this format implemented in all the hardware devices, car stereos, phones, etc. and be able to authorize any device.
A typical use case for this will be:
- Listening to a song on XM radio, you like it and immediately buy it in your JVC car stereo.
- Now you copy this song to your iPod, and carry it around with you.
- Once you reach home, you get this on your windows computer, and the linux based XBMC media center in living room so you can listen to it everywhere.
- You can also put this song on your Symbian phone and set it as ring tone.
- You can even buy a song from the gas station, and listen it on any of your device without worrying about compatibility issues.