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Just a week ago the internet exploded with talk about the open letter Steve Jobs wrote, supporting DRM-free digital downloads. Clearly this is the way most consumers would like to see things go, as the debates over this technology have been bitter to say the least. […]

Just a week ago the internet exploded with talk about the open letter Steve Jobs wrote, supporting DRM-free digital downloads. Clearly this is the way most consumers would like to see things go, as the debates over this technology have been bitter to say the least. Jobs’ opinion is that DRM is holding sales back and were it to be removed, would only help music sales flourish.

Well the USA Today reports that music label, EMI, is in talks to sell music under its label to online music stores, free of copy protection. Analysts project a 15%-20% increase in sales for DRM-free music, which EMI seems to understand is the way to go, moving into the future.

So is Jobs the catalyst? Is he a digital prophet? Or is it just another example of impeccable timing out of Cupertino? My opinion is that it’s a bit of all three. Clearly Steve Jobs can move mountains, or at least persuade people to do it for him, so I can see where his words could stir this kind of action. His foresight into many things technology and business-based has brought Apple Inc back from the grave and made it stronger than ever. And obviously, with the popular iTunes Store, perhaps these talks with the likes of EMI were already under-way, and his Memo was a way of breaking the ice for this news.

Regardless of Jobs’ role in these things, the tide is now turning. And apparently quite rapidly.

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  1. Interesting! I wonder how Mr Edyy “got no mojo” Bronfman feels this morning? Is he having his own words with his cereal?

  2. That’s a bit of a miss-leading title. No one has moved aways from DRM. EMI is just in talks about doing it. Doesn’t mean they are actually going to do it and there is no time table yet.

    Personally I believe it is the right move, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

  3. I think it’s great news. Frankly, at this point I’m not sure it’s going to happen (on a time scale that counts as “at this point” anyway), but it’s encouraging that not only are talks happening, but they are made public. When a situation is as locked as this one you have to be thankful for small things.

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  5. Jorge Quinteros Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    It’s more than apparent that Steve does have some form of influence over people. He is where he is because of who he is. Does that make sense…lol?

  6. Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Music at Rusty Hinges Thursday, February 15, 2007

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