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Why Hasn't Apple's iTunes Gone DRM Free?

Applelogo Months after Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster and a dozen other download stores have gone 100% DRM free, Apples iTunes still sells most of its tracks with its own proprietary DRM attached. Why?  There are three possible reasons:

  1. Antiapple THEY CAN'T -  Some labels hate Steve Jobs so much that they want to give competitors the DRM free edge.
  2. THEY DON'T HAVE TO - Sales at iTunes continue to grow.  Why make the switch?
  3. THEY DO WANT TO -  Jobs wants to control to keep the Apple iPod iPhone iTunes ecosystem as closed as possible as long as possible. After all, it helps sell stuff.

Whatever the reason, it would seem that Apple is doing a disservice to its customers even though rising sales would suggest that their customers are satisfied. Why do you think iTunes has not gone DRM-free?  Vote, leave your comments and please Digg and share it.

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