I’m a Mac/iPod/iTunes guy, and I hadn’t really had a big problem with DRM personally (whatever I might think about it philosophically). That is, until the other night, in an episode I was reminded of when taking a look at Aaron’s presentation on downloading.
Actually, the vast majority of my music is legally purchased. It’s ripped from my CDs or bought from iTunes (or it’s free). The other night, I had a yen to hear a song I had just purchased on iTunes. I launched iTunes on my boyfriend’s PC (because his computer has speakers), looked in the library of songs shared over our home network, and tried to play it. It asks me to authorize his computer to play my music, so I put in my password. And then it doesn’t play.
Why? I’m using the latest version of iTunes, and he’s not. Sure, I can fix this by updating iTunes on his computer, but I wanted to hear the song right now. Was it really necessary to break this and annoy me?