Originally Posted by e1618978
I hope this low Apple stock continues for a few more months, so I can buy in. They are basically going to own the *entire* music industry when this is done, nobody else gets a piece of the pie.
As a stockholder, I disagree with that sentiment.
Also, there is no guarantee that Apple's lead will hold up. We don't have figures as to sales after Amazon started selling 256K DRM free songs. It's possible that there is a good deal of inertia involving Apple's iTunes customers, as well as many not really knowing about Amazon's new sales model, which, by the way, makes it very easy to buy, and put their songs into iTunes on your computer.
In the music industry conference just held in New York, the top statement that came out is that "DRM on purchased music is dead". But, most of Apple's catalog is still 128k DRM.
Somehow, Apple will have to make a deal with these companies, or they will be behind the eight ball, make no mistake about that.
With iPod sales at a standstill, or even declining year over year for the first time, Apple may not be able to persuade people that they are the only way to go.