Steve Ballmer: iPod users are music thieves

Here‘s wisdom from the CEO of the world’s largest software company:

“Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece – at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: “We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen’.”

“Part of the reason people steal music is money, but some of it is that the DRM stuff out there has not been that easy to use. We are going to continue to improve our DRM, to make it harder to crack, and easier, easier, easier, easier, to use,” he said. “

Let me rephrase that: If DRM were easier to use, people would not steal music???

And, concerning that iPod content (which is the same argument as here): Feel free to visit me and I’ll show you my 850+ CD collection – I have no problems filling a 40 Gig iPod without a single stolen song.

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  3. I would say that you are the exception, not the rule. That CD collection is a very substantial amount of money. If you bought one CD a week you would have been buying them since 1988 to get to that level. I think that is rare.

    Now you said that you have enough music to fill that iPod with legal music, but you also have illegal content don’t you? iTunes and Napster are very easy to use so there really isn’t much of an excuse anymore.

  4. I would say that you are the exception, not the rule. That CD collection is a very substantial amount of money. If you bought one CD a week you would have been buying them since 1988 to get to that level. I think that is rare.

    Now you said that you have enough music to fill that iPod with legal music, but you also have illegal content don't you? iTunes and Napster are very easy to use so there really isn't much of an excuse anymore.

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