This is so incredibly frustrating. On one hand, I want to rub people’s faces in it. But on the other, I see a ton of people every day buying songs from iTunes, and they’re in the same boat. They just don’t think it could happen to them, or they don’t care because the DRM isn’t getting in their way of listening to music they’ve “bought”. Or even worse, they don’t even know what DRM is or why they should avoid it like the plague. With DRM, the customer is always wrong:
Imagine if Tower Records sold you a CD, but then, a few months later, knocked on your door and replaced the CD with one that you can’t play in your car. Would you still feel like you “owned” the CD? Not so much, eh?
But Apple reserves the right to change at any time what you can do with the music you purchase at the iTunes Music Store. For instance, in April 2004, Apple decided to modify the DRM so people could burn the same playlist only 7 times, down from 10. How much further will the service restrict your ability to make legal personal copies of your own music? Only Apple knows.
Don’t let this become your fate. Own your music if you’re going to buy it online. Buy from Amazon MP3, which offers DRM-free music for cheaper than iTunes, and they even add it to your iTunes library automatically! Or if you feel you must buy from iTunes, never settle for anything less than DRM-free (iTunes “Plus”). Otherwise, it’s smarter to just buy the CD for a few bucks more.