I love my iPod shuffle.
I never had a USB stick before, and it makes a pretty sick one.
I love iTunes.
If you ask me, it’s the real reason iPods are as popular as they are. I’ve tried a bunch of jukebox software in my lives, and they universally blow elephants. Except iTunes. iTunes is really pretty good. It’s easy to browse, easy to search, easy to rip, easy to burn, easy to use, stable, and free. It’s perfect. Oh, but wait..
Just one more thing.
The iTunes Music Store SUCKS!
Can I get a “heck yeah?”
I know Defective By Design agree with me! And you know why they think it sucks? Three little words:
I Love You.
Ha. Gotcha. No, the words are really:
D. R. M.
That’s Digital Rights Management, sucka.. and it’s what keeps you from playing songs you BUY at iTMS from playing on your Xbox, Sonos, Zune, Windows Media Center PC, and if you get confused, maybe even YOUR OWN COMPUTER!
It’s what stops you from sharing your purchases with your friends, but it’s also what allowed Apple to convince the record labels to even allow them to give this whole “Internet” thing a go.
Because we’re all pirates at heart.
I mean, why pay for something if you can get it for free right? And why pay for something if you can get something better for free?
Well, the music industry is hoping you’ll pay for something worse than what you can get for free because they’re going to make it hard to get it for free. They’re competing by decreasing the value of their competition’s (file sharing services) product, rather than by increasing the value of theirs.
Like, why can’t you re-download songs you buy from iTMS? I don’t want to ever be forced to re-purchase a song (or a thousand) just because a hard drive died and I wasn’t keeping good backups. And trust me, the bandwidth costs of allowing this would be infinitesimal.
I really don’t know why they don’t allow this. I can only think because it’s something that would actually be valuable? And a way to compete with the free file-sharing networks on merit rather than by litigation?
It’s so frustrating.
Which is why, today, October 3rd, 2006, The Day Against DRM, we’re announcing a new (beta!) product:
What is it?
It’s a new service (during the beta only open to DreamHost Customers) that allows you to sell your own digital files, a la iTMS.. but with a few key differences:
No DRM is allowed.. period! Once you upload your file to sell, you pay a tiny one-time storage fee, and we serve it FOREVER at a nice, permanent, URL. Anybody who buys a file somebody offers via Files Forever get an online backup of it included.. that is, they may re-download the file as many times as they want, FOREVER! Any file you buy from Files Forever you can also “loan” to your friends via the service! They are then allowed to download the file as much as they want until you ask for it “back.” (This is awesome, trust me.) We handle all the payment processing / shopping cart stuff, and take just 5% + 50c for credit card fees. (We combine purchases to minimize these costs too.) You can even offer an “affiliate cut” for people who re-sell your files!
That’s it pretty much!
You can also keep the files you upload private.. so Files Forever also doubles as a very cost-effective permanent online archive solution, as well as an easy way to email big files to your friends.
So, Happy DreamHost Customers, please try it out today.. and when this thing takes off, maybe the big content owners will start to catch on and DRM will some day be sent back to the hell-hole from which it spawned. (Hell’s hell-hole I assume?)
And if you find any bugs or have any suggestions, of course I don’t want to hear about it.