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Submission + - DRM and who's a closed system

MacLeeMan writes: "So the claim is that Apple's DRM is somehow wrong because you need to buy from the iTunes store via the iTunes application (available free for Windows and Mac) and then play it on an iPod or jump through a hoop or two (supported by the free iTunes application) to get your download to play on anything other than a iPod. Why is it that I'm not hearing jack SH*% about Microsoft's DRM that forced me to run Windows Media Player under the Windows OS to even view a Microsoft DRM protected video that my daughter's school uses in her home school classes and prohibits me from doing anything other than view it? The videos on this CD/DVD are NOT VIEWABLE BY ANYTHING OTHER THAN MICROSOFT MEDIA PLAYER RUNNING UNDER MICROSOFT WINDOWS OS. So instead of "being forced to download and use a free application", I am forced to buy a license to the Windows OS and either run it on an Intel box or under emulation...for a cost of more than $100. Microsoft's recommended viewer for Mac (Flip4Mac) cannot play Microsoft DRM files. Microsoft has cancelled support for its MediaPlayer for Mac and "has no plans to support DRM on Macs" http://www.flip4mac.com/knowledge/kb_0056.htm Why haven't the "champions for consumers" taken Micro$oft to task on this rape of our rights??????? If Apple is S-O-O-O Evil in it's DRM.....what the hell is Microsoft??"

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