Originally Posted by brentsg
... Most of the verbal 1% that do have absolutely no idea what they are talking about, as evidenced by a couple of Apple forums the past day or so.
I really don't understand the anger though. People are acting like Apple has somehow suddenly turned to the dark side, but really remember this... Apple has incorporated DRM on iTunes music since day 1. What's new here?
While I wouldn't say it is a very significant point it may be worthwhile to remember that Apple's DRM on Day 1 of iTunes music was a message saying "Please don't steal music". The Fairplay DRM was added later. Day 1 for iTunes was some time before the iTunes Music Store was debuted. That may be the source of the confusion.
In any case this story is really about Apple and the industry in general introducing yet another pointless incompatibility which shows a hostility toward or at least lack of regard for their customers. This change doesn't even have an effect on piracy because NO ONE was pirating any content by capturing the uncompressed HD content. The copyright infringement is done using flaws in how DRM is applied to compressed HD content. So they are closing an attic window while an entire side of the building is missing. In the process of this stupid move they are rendering millions (OK, I don't really know how many but all HD displays sold for over a decade) of previously purchased displays unusable in the future.
Luckily for the industry the subject is sufficiently arcane that it is largely unnoticed how arrogantly they are treating their best customers (i.e. early and even some not so early adopters).