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Protect your investment: buy open

Corry Doctorow over at BoingBoing.net summarizes the important parts of Scoble’s blog post on the ins and outs of iTunes DRM, Microsoft DRM, and whether you should get an iPod. The bottom line is that in order to save music, the consumer should only buy music that isn’t in a lock-in format, and to break the locks on any music you do own, while you can. He gives many examples – and the one most familiar to most of us is probably the VCR. Remember how in the early 80’s the movie studios were trying to get the VCR banned because of the worry of piracy? “With the VCR, though, Sony delivered what its customers wanted, and the movie companies got rich off of it, dragged kicking and screaming to the money-tree again.”

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