November 19, 2003

What if DRM creates an incentive?

Well the common wisdom of many folks is that consumers aren't going to put up with crippled drm-ladened machines. Well, let me tell you a little story. I have a coworker that was getting ready to take the linux plunge on her home computer. I was going to help her install and configure. I was thinking it would be a great opportunity to see first hand how linux can work for a less technically inclined user. Plus, It would be help spread the gospel of open source.

Well, today, I find out that she is no longer interested in linux. Why? iTunes for windows. She has been buying up music at the iTunes music store. She loves it. So, you see, for her, the DRM software is the killer app.

Maybe people will love their DRM, because it will allow a much more richer world of content to be made available to the average user. Maybe the lack of a DRM system for the RIAA and MPAA to deliver their content on linux will be yet another excuse people will have for not wanting to migrate.

Posted by brad at November 19, 2003 09:10 PM