Wrong and misleading statistics, incomplete information, many doubts about the solidity of Jobs' claims regarding DRM and the reasons why Apple imposes a closed system. Here is what emerges from the blog of Jon Lech Johansen, an authoritative character when it comes to Drm since, as he is known, it is not by chance that he is known as "DVD Jon" that the crack of the DVD protection system is due.
Johansen, who recently also forced FairPlay to eliminate iTunes music protection, dismantles several of the theories put forward by Jobs in his open letter. The Norwegian hacker, in particular, shows that he does not believe in the thesis according to which the DRMs have been imposed on Apple by the record companies. ?Many songs – says Johansen quoting an article from the New York Times – are sold on iTunes protected by FairPlay while elsewhere they are on sale completely without Drm. Apple could do the same and without any problems for customers, but to date it has not done so. "
A second statement, that the songs bought from iTunes on the iPods sold to date are few and therefore there is no "constraint effect", is disputed by Jon Lech Johansen. Actually what matters, we read in the blog, not the number of average songs for iPod that counts, but how many songs an average user buys "and these are figures that Apple has never revealed. Obviously – says Johansen – if someone buys 10 songs there is no constraint effect, but if someone has bought 100 songs, 10 TV shows and 5 films, he thinks about it well before changing platforms ?. According to Johansen, this situation could be much more frequent than what Jobs would tend to believe because of the 90 million iPods used to elaborate the statistics of the 22 songs bought by iTunes per player, many are no longer in use.
Finally, according to Johansen, Jobs extends his proverbial distortion of reality when it comes to competition, saying that companies like Microsoft have also switched to a closed system for security reasons. ?What led Redmond to create an iPod-like ecosystem with Zune – says Johansen – was a commercial choice. PlayForSure (the Drm launched by Microsoft long ago and licensed to various player manufacturers) is still in use and will be in the near future. As for the security flaws it would have, these are not higher than FairPlay, despite being fired at dozens of companies. "