Monday, May 09, 2005

Hilary Says: I Was Born Yesterday




As reported by MacMinute:

Former Apple executive (and former RIAA CEO and Chairwoman) Hilary Rosen has spoken out against Apple's iTunes Music Store, notes Slyck.com. "The new iPod my girlfriend gave me is a trap," said Rosen. "Yeah, it is great looking and I really love the baby blue leather case but when, oh when, will Steve Jobs let me buy music from somewhere other than the Apple iTunes store and put it on my iPod?" She continues: "There are little players to make your favorite music even more portable than ever starting at as little as 29 bucks. Most every player device works at every one of these “stores” and it is pretty easy to keep all the songs, no matter where you got them, in a single folder or "jukebox" on your computer."


Ok, I'm going to nitpick a bit at this article and Rosen's comments:

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"The new iPod my girlfriend gave me is a trap," said Rosen.

One comment:

Girlfriend??

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"... when oh when will Steve Jobs let me buy music from somewhere other than the Apple iTunes store and put it on my iPod?" "

Two comments:

When the market dictates that this is a good business move. Right now, Apple can combat the RIAA on prices (read as lower prices for you and me) with such large marketshare.

Also Ms. Rosen is free to walk in to the thousands of retail locations that sell CDs and rip them to her iPod at any time she wishes.

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"There are little players to make your favorite music even more portable than ever starting at as little as 29 bucks."

One comment:

Then go buy them! Apple isn't telling you to only buy iPods. By controlling the player and the store, Apple is able to sustain a successful business model - NO OTHER COMPETITOR IS MAKING MONEY!!!

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"Most every player device works at every one of these “stores” and it is pretty easy to keep all the songs, no matter where you got them, in a single folder or "jukebox" on your computer."

Two comments:

But not as easy as the iPod ... nor as high quality GUI and combination as iTunes provides. Besides those other stores do not support the Mac. If they sold songs that supported the Mac in a format that played on the Mac, then as a CEO of a company that produced macs - I might be willing to open up MY store.

Also, tell me how many custom cases & accessories I can find for the Creative Muvo again?

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Another Quote from the original article:

"If you are really a geek, you can figure out how to strip the songs you might have bought from another on-line store of all identifying information so that they will go into the iPod. But then you have also degraded the sound quality."

Since when does stripping the DRM out of a digital file destroy the sound quality?

Is this really the understanding of the "scene" that she had as head of the RIAA?

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