Andrew Orlowski explains the issue in his own special way: Apple de-socializes iTunes
In iTunes, Rendezvous allows users on the same subnet to share their music - although this is limited to streaming only. But the most recent version of iTunes 4.71. restricts that streaming capability even further, and users aren’t happy, as this support discussion shows. It used to support five simultaneous listeners, but now iTunes only permits five listeners a day.
[...] Let’s have a quick reality check.
If you opened up iTunes, turned up the volume really loud on your Mac, and hit Play, you could “stream” to five people within earshot. And no one would bust down the door, except possibly the neighbors. Certainly not the RIAA’s paramilitaries.
Now fast forward to the “digital music revolution.” The revolution is really about lower marginal costs for the producers - which is turning out to mean higher profits, as the price hasn’t come down. For us, it means we get less for our faith - in this case, certainly much less than what old fashioned, speaker to ear, analog sound waves can give us.
Once again, “digital” is proving to be a synonym for “crap”.
[...] As Jim Griffin, along with many others, have pointed out - radio was a far greater “disruption” to rights holders than the internet. So get over it already, Technorecordings Corp. Technology companies are now producing stuff that works worse than it did before, is more expensive, and gives us less than what we already had. Rationality suggests that companies and industries that sell worse products either go out of business, or mend their ways. For the technology industry, which is fretting deeply about China, overproduction, and the public’s reluctance to indulge in another dot.com bubble, that’s a new and unwelcome challenge.
Copyfight’s thoughts: Johansen Creates DRM-Free Interface to iTunes; Slashdot’s Buying DRM-Free Songs From the ITMS; CNet: Hackers build back door into iTunes