I think I can see about three points you make.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>1. Yep, but that's the way it is.<p><hr></blockquote><p>I don't think that needs another response from me.
<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>2. We may not like it, but it's still better than purchasing the alternative (the overpriced CDs), is it not?<p><hr></blockquote><p> Obviously a matter of opinion, but I would say no, and that it isn't a relevant comparison. The technology to rip uncompressed music and add it to the iPod player already existed before the iTMS. Apple loves to act as if they're so innovative and such trailblazers with the iTMS. What did they really do? They had great lawyers and execs that convinced the slimy record execs to allow file downloads. File downloads.
<br><br>Apple just makes the process a little easier by ripping it for you... but then strangles you with only allowing their bitrate, their player, their software, limited copying, limited machines, etc. I know its not all their fault, but if you think that a dollar a song is significantly cheaper than a CD you've been shopping in the wrong places. It ain't cheaper, and the people behind the business are just making more money by not having to deal with shipping and packaging. <br><br>I say its beside the point anyway, because the topic here is the DRM and not really the price (although that is almost as bad). Sell the file downloads without the sneaky code and this thread is moot.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>3. but if I don't want to pay for it, I simply don't have to buy it.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Of course not, I never suggested that, and I haven't bought from the iTMS in over a year. But, that's about as satisfactory as "that's just the way it is". This is the equivalent of the political nonsense: "If you don't like the U.S. you can just get out!".