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Mix: PortalPlayer, BPI request, Ratatouille, Flash Mobs

PortalPlayer said yesterday that it has cut 14 percent of its work force—about 45 employees. The move comes two months after the company said its chips would not be used in some of Apple’s flash-based iPods.

The BPI, the British recording industry’s trade association, says that Apple needs to open up its FairPlay DRM to allow music from the iTunes Music Store to be playable on other devices.

Disney/Pixar have released the first trailer for 2007’s “Ratatouille.” The animated film stars a rat that lives in Paris and enjoys good food. The trailer is available in iPod video format.

Defective By Design has organized “Flash Mob” protests at San¬†Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and New York Apple retail stores to “warn customers of the dangers of DRM in the iPod and iTunes.”

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I think we all agree that DMR isnt that great….but neither is whinning and crying about it.

If I could make it go away by shaking my fist at the sky then I would. But people it WONT GO AWAY, no matter how many relatives you bring to your flash mob.

So if it wont go away, then find a way around it.

And if you do find a way around it, dont share it, people are just gonna complain about it anyway.

Posted by unreal on June 12, 2006 at 7:05 AM (PDT)

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I am far from an RIAA troll.  Believing that music should be paid for doesn’t mean that I sympathise with the RIAA.  Actually I am glad I don’t live in the US and have to worry an organisation such as the RIAA breathing down everyone’s necks.

I buy my CDs and rip them myself.  My over 30 GB music collection is derived entirely from my purchased albums.  I am simply pointing out that Apple is entitled to some set of rights just as we as consumers do.  If you want to point a finger at a particular group for promoting DRM look to the record labels.  As I stated I would prefer that DRM did not exist but I am not going to get my knickers in a knot over that existence.

Music is free if it is freely distributed by artists.  If an artists chooses to sell his music, even if that means for pennies an album, that is his prerogative.  I don’t believe that anyone has the right to state “I shouldn’t have to pay for that”.  I’d much rather live in a society where there is no need to create systems of circumventing theft and piracy.  It would be great if everyone respected other’s rights, from the companies right down to the consumers.  However, that is not the state of affairs. 

It seems that there is an increasing feeling pervading society that we are owed everything.  Everyone wants everything immediately and the notion of earning something with hard work is disappearing.  This is something we should worry about a great deal more than DRM and the iTMS, but that discussion is best left for somewhere other than iLounge.

Posted by TimB on June 12, 2006 at 3:04 PM (PDT)

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