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November 8, 2006

Filed under: music»business»distribution


Want to see something funny? Cory Doctorow, tireless champion of useless digital hysterics, takes yet another crack at the copy-protection built into iTunes files. You can apparently strip the protection out using iMovie now, which Doctorow finds terribly exciting because previously he "spent six weeks this year running two PowerBooks 24/7 to convert all my iTunes audiobooks to MP3s."

I've made no secret of my own personal animosity to Apple's digital media, largely because I dislike all compressed music on principle. So I sympathize with him on his desire to actually own the files he buys. But one is forced to wonder, I think: if Cory Doctorow really hates iTunes DRM as much as he says, enough that he's willing to dedicate expensive hardware to the relatively trivial task of re-recording them via crappy built-in sound cards, why does he keep buying them from Apple in the first place? Why doesn't he just buy the books on CDs and rip them himself, no doubt a faster process anyway?

I mean, I have a visceral reaction to Old Navy's advertising, so I don't give money to Old Navy. I go elsewhere for clothes--or at least, Belle wishes I would. The idea is that I give them an incentive (i.e. they might get my money) to change their ways (i.e., they stop running annoying faux-ironic commercials starring deadbeat D-list celebs). Whether or not Old Navy actually cares about the incentive I'm offering (so far, results of the Thomas Wilburn Old Navy Embargo have been depressingly nonexistent), I thought that the "vote with your dollars" approach was a fundamental part of capitalism. It seems kind of silly for Doctorow to moan unceasingly about how Apple should change its ways, when all the while he's funding their copy-protection with his business.

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