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Over at SiliconBeat, the San Jose Mercury News tech business weblog, Matt Marshall writes:

Apple’s technology makes it really difficult to play music on its iPod if it comes from sources other than its iTunes online store.

This is lazy and bad reporting. I have thousands of tracks in my iTunes library, of which perhaps 10 came from the Apple music store. The rest are MP3s that I ripped from CDs, or obtained elsewhere (mostly legitimately — I won’t apologize for that bootleg of Coldplay doing the Hank Williams classic “Lost Highway” at a concert).

So Apple in fact does support the formats that nearly everybody prefers — open formats. They don’t support other proprietary, “protected” formats. It’s an important difference. As far as I’m concerned, the fact that the dominant music player doesn’t support a myriad of crappy DRM formats is wonderful. Now we just need to get them to get rid of their own crappy DRM.

5 Comments

  1. Heh, speaking of “open” formats, I still know people who are holding out on buying an iPod because it doesn’t support ogg yet…

  2. Ah, thanks Pat, now I remember why I bought a Samsung Yepp instead of an iPod 🙂

  3. I’ve never used Ogg myself. MP3 is good enough for me.

  4. I too have never messed with Ogg Vorbis; no point in re-ripping all that music.

    BTW, I’ve recently signed up for eMusic, which has a lot of great music, a decent price ($10 a month for 40 songs), decent bitrates (160 MBps VBR or better) and — the best thing — no DRM.

  5. Richard Jones

    June 2, 2006 at 1:18 am

    Ogg sounds better. And it’s open. Unlike mp3.

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