Free your iPod

Free your iPod, originally uploaded by factoryjoe.

Chris Messina has the best ideas for t-shirts. I especially like the one above. While honestly I’m not sure how I feel about government medeling in digital media, when it opens it up I’m probably more for it then when it closes it off. Memeorandum has a few voices out on the news yesterday.

It will be interesting to see how Apple reacts to the new French law banning the sale of proprietary and locked down content. Will they actually use this as an opportunity to make their hardware and music more open or will they just say FU to France and stop doing business there?

More from the BBC. You can also get Cory’s thoughts on the subject at Boing Boing here.

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  1. JeffH says:

    Apple’s hardware is not the problem here. iPod’s can play non DRM music encoded in AAC and MP3 without any issues. The problem lies in the fact that people are paying full price for music from the iTunes music store that is restricted to play on Apple produced hardware only. I’d be willing to bet that a majority of iTunes music store customers are unaware of this restriction. (Anyone have any statistics on this?) What needs to be done to combat this practice, is to educate the masses and then provide a viable alternative without these restrictions. Unfortunately, Apple has created a system that is extremely convenient and easy to use. They have significant market share, and their user base has not yet run into the restrictions in large numbers. When someone finally comes out with an iPod killer, the must have music/video player that is better than what Apple has to offer, we will start to see large numbers of users howl when they realize that their several thousand dollar music collection can not legally be copied to or played on the new killer device.