I thought about making an uber linky post about all the various discussions about Steve Jobs and his essay about Apple and selling DRM free music if the record labels would allow it. The longer I wait, the less I care though. My thoughts can be summed up in two points:
1. It’s better to have Apple proposing DRM free music than to have them not but
2. It would be much better to have them just do it than talk about it.
Jobs said he’d sell music without DRM if the labels would allow it. So, allow labels to sell music without DRM. There’s got to be hundreds of thousands of songs in their catalog either without a label (ie, creator published) or from a label that would allow it. How about every song in the catalog that comes in through CD Baby is DRM free? You have this power, so just do it. If you want the big labels to follow suit, force their hands by allowing it for their competitors. I’ll bet that they stepped right up if Apple did this.