Rumors Swirling Around Apple’s Fairplay DRM
Tech.co.uk is reporting that Apple will announce this week that it is opening up it’s Fairplay DRM so that it may be licensed by device manufacturers who are members of the “Made for iPod” group of manufacturers.
Please don’t let it all be a dirty lie; could Apple really be cracking when it comes to DRM? Might it be possible that the company is actually putting its ear to the ground and hearing the pulse of the consumer?
Nothing is official as of yet, but if it’s true, the announcement could mark a monumental first step in loosening up the notoriously stringent content Fairplay restrictions that have been ever bemoaned by audiophiles the world over.
More from the Tech.co.uk piece:
John Falcone over at Crave (a division of CNET) weighs in as well:
Of course, all of this is merely speculation as Apple has neither confirmed nor denied the validity of this rumor.
Some analysts see the move as a preemptive strike to appease Apple’s “Made for iPod” partners, encouraging them to stay on board rather than migrate toward Microsoft’s Zune media player.
I’m not sure how much I buy into that logic, however, seeing that Zune isn’t even close to challenging iPod for portable media supremacy. It would be the equivalent of the New England Patriots going out and acquiring free agents in order to prevent them from signing with the an Arena League team.
Why would you fear that kind of inferior competition?
More news on this as it develops; hopefully Apple will shed some light on the subject later this week.