So Universal is going to sell DRM-free music through Amazon, Wal-Mart, RealNetworks, and others, but not through iTunes. Why?
But the music will not be offered D.R.M.-free through Apple’s
iTunes, the leading music service. The use of copy protection
software has become a major bone of contention in the digital music
business, where iTunes accounts for the vast majority of download
sales. The record labels generally have required that retailers
place electronic locks to limit copying of music files.
But Apple’s proprietary D.R.M. does not work with most rivals’
devices or software — meaning that music sold by competing services
cannot play on Apple’s popular iPod. Some record executives say they
believe that the stalemate has capped the growth of digital music
sales, which the industry is relying on more heavily as sales of
plastic CDs slide.
Um, Universal won’t sell DRM-free music through iTunes because they don’t like Apple’s DRM? WTF? Am I even supposed to pretend this makes sense?