Why Removal of DRM from iTunes is So Important

We have all read about Jon Johansen’s PyMusique application which allowed purchasing and downloading of music from iTunes Music Store without the normal DRM attached. Since you still have to pay for the songs, many folks have asked me why it’s so important. Here’s why.

Apple plans on starting a subscription service to compete with Napsters. But if they have no control over the songs downloaded from a subscription service, they have no method of stopping the music after you stop paying. Right now, Napster takes back your music when you stop paying. Imagine subbing for one month and downloading thousands of songs and then walking away with them. It will never happen. As long as the DRM busting software is out there, you will never see a subscription service from Apple.