HexaByte writes: Various states and foreign governments are passing laws about open standards for document formats — and Microsoft's Open XML doesn't cut it. Story here: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2091329,00.a
The other question's the DRM-free in a heartbeat claim. There are apparantly, many Indie artists who would love to sell DRM-free music on iTunes, but Apple will not allow them.Many iPod owners have never bought anything from the iTunes Store. Some have bought hundreds of songs. Some have bought thousands. At the 2004 Macworld Expo, Steve revealed that one customer had bought $29,500 worth of music.
"It should not take Apple's iTunes team more than 2-3 days to implement a solution for not wrapping content with FairPlay when the content owner does not mandate DRM. This could be done in a completely transparent way and would not be confusing to the users.
What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.