Philip Jacob

An unintended consequence of Apple DRM

· Philip Jacob

I use iTunes to manage my music collection which is stored on a Debian Linux file server and accessed via Samba.  My entire collection is MP3 files because (a) I don’t like encumbered music and (b) Apple’s DRM files don’t play on my Squeezebox.

When I buy stuff from iTunes, I have to burn the songs to a blank CD and then re-import them to iTunes as MP3 files.  I used to use JHymn to do this automatically without having to waste a blank CD, but Apple did something with iTunes, so this solution doesn’t work anymore.

What do I do with the CD after I’ve imported it?  I give it to someone, usually a friend if they’re over for dinner or something.

Tell me who this DRM stuff is helping, eh?  Because right now it seems like it’s causing me to waste time burning these stupid CDs and guaranteeing that one of my friends get a copy of my latest music.