As if I needed yet another reason to never buy an iPod… Here’s a great article from Cory Doctorow on Apple’s copy protection and why it’s a bad model. How many iTunes customers have really thought through each 99-cent purchase and realize that the song they just bought will only work on the Apple platform? As he notes, if you build up a library of iTunes over a few years and decide to switch to Creative or another product, you can toss all those 99-cent songs out the window.
Btw, in an earlier post I mentioned I was weighing the pros and cons of a recently purchased Pioneer Inno XM Radio device. A couple of months later I can honestly say I’m totally addicted to the darn thing. Yes, the reception can be spotty as a portable device, but I’ve recorded so many tracks on it now that I can easily switch to MP3 mode and listen anywhere I want, including on an airplane or in the middle of an office building. Although I don’t “own” all those songs that live on the Inno, I don’t really care because I consider them a bonus for the $14/month I pay for the service. In other words, I’ll never pay Apple $.99 for a song but I’m thrilled to record songs for later playback on my Inno as long as XM doesn’t do something stupid like charge me extra for that feature.