Originally Posted by ArtisticShowcase
Lets get this clear from the get-go, I use iTunes religiously.
However, I use BitTorrent to get full albums and sometimes discographies of artists.
I only pay for songs on iTunes that I cannot find on BitTorrent, like exclusive singles, digital b-sides, live/acoustic versions of songs.
I would like to point out however that when you pay nearly a buck per song on iTunes, you own that song through the digital rights management software that is encoded in the song (fancy term that has a set of limitations on the song purchased, for example, my brother who uses a different iTunes account must know the password of my account if he wants to play music I bought)
Isn't music complicated?
No. Music is not complicated. However, the infected filth that Apple peddles on their iTunes store is complicated. I hope in 10-15 years we all look back to this time period and think, "Wow, DRM was really stupid. I can't believe people used that crap." Unfortunately, I don't think that scenario is likely.
Deep down inside, I like to believe that Apple, Napster, all the Mfg's out there supporing HDMI, Microsoft, Tivo, etc., are supporting various forms of DRM and restrictive technology only to appease the RIAA, MPAA, and broadcasting/media companies. If it weren't for these incredibly large, wealthy, and powerful organizations driving these inane formats and technologies through litigation, legislation, or threats only to cover their ass in the world of ever changing content delivery mechanisms, then the Apple's and Tivo's of the world could do as they please and ultimately give more control to the end user. Instead we have DRM. Basically, we have done away with the "survival of the fittest" mentality of this market, and instead we have the lawyer up mentality to buy the biggest safety net you can find to resist change and maintain status quo.
We could do so much better with the current technologies we have today in regard to interoperability, mobility, efficiency and overall convergence, but instead we have to suffer through ridiculous format wars and conversions and quality loss and productivity loss. Ugh.