The App Store DRM will endure

by phil on Friday Mar 6, 2009 10:39 AM

The iPhone is under fire from public interest groups who believe that the exclusivity is anticompetitive. While this is primarily about being tethered to AT&T, it's also about the App Store.

However, unlike everything else that has bowed down to the "information wants to be free"-movement, I believe that the DRM on the App Store will endure.

One major reason is that the iPhone is less like the computer software model, and more like Nintendo model, which has been reliably DRM.

But I think there's a social reason too:

While as music piracy has been a boon to indie muscians, the App Store's exclusivity has been a boon to indie developers.

If Apple wants to ask me for an amicus curiae, I'll file one.

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