From the Voice of Integrity [8:05 pm]
‘iPod users are music thieves’ says Ballmer — hmm, wonder if this has anything to do with Microsoft’s Janus DRM? Nothing like watching a firm infamous for making lives difficult for customers thinking up new ways to make friends. (The Register’s Most songs on iPods ’stolen’ - Microsoft CEO; CNet’s Ballmer: iPods packed with stolen tunes)
Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece - at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: “We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ’stolen’.”
“Part of the reason people steal music is money, but some of it is that the DRM stuff out there has not been that easy to use. We are going to continue to improve our DRM, to make it harder to crack, and easier, easier, easier, easier, to use,” he said.
Slashdot discussion: Ballmer Says iPod Users are Thieves