Let the zealots win.
Lets have 15 different proprietary “standards” out there for music. That way if you buy a player from Apple, you buy your music from Apple. If a song you like is only available on some other service, why you buy another player.
I don’t care. I’m through with music. I wont buy any CDs or download any songs.
In my day, it was pretty decent. I could go buy a CD from any store I wanted, and it would work in any of my CD players. Before that was cassette tapes, before that 8-tracks and LPs.
But I don’t care about todays kids. Go let yourself get screwed over by a bunch of corporate assholes. Tell yourselves that the company is some great benevolant force that truly cares about you, if that makes you feel better.
I could give a fuck if iTunes is completely incompatible with Real and every other music service. I could give two shits what kind of DRM Apple or Real or Napster or anyone else want to use. Who gives a shit if you’re allowed to burn it to one CD, or only listen to the song on the third tuesday of every month.
Hey, do it to TV too. I don’t care. When video-on-demand rolls out, make sure each service is compatible only with a suitably branded TV set or cable tuner. Sony Video-on-Demand only works with Sony sets, etc. Ruin TV. See if you can make a buck doing it.
Have your legions of Sony fans go around swearing and acting like idiots if Phillips starts trying to compete.
Not my problem, and I don’t care.
The entire “entertainment” industry can jump up my ass. It bores me. I don’t look to any corporate messiah for my entertainment anymore. Fuck em all, and fuck all their fans and zealots.