One to watch

Posted on Wed 11 January 2006 in geek

This debate should be interesting. I wonder if my question will get in:

" Why should I buy music over the 'net when its lower quality, more expensive and harder to move around than a CD?

The industry seems to be intent on locking out people from the official distributions channels which has the perverse effect of making illegal options more attractive. I run a fully open source OS (GNU/Linux). Given that I like the freedom Open Source gives me I'll not be running any untrusted programs on my system (e.g. Sony's "rootkit"). This means I can't play any of the DRM'ed formats. It also makes MP3/MP4 playback tricky as open source players are legally dubious due to patent restrictions.

Should I just give up being a paying customer now?"