Link: Wired 13.05: The Wired 40.
Hey, it's nice that Wired Magazine ranked Apple the #1 master of technology and innovation, but this just bugs me:
As the world moves toward open standards, the last true believer in closed systems refuses to capitulate.
Apple is far more into open standards than Microsoft. Once again, someone mistakes proprietary but licensable for "open." They are referring, of course, to the iPod/iTunes "closed" system vs. Microsoft's equally proprietary but available to anyone with the cash music technology, which of course ignores the fact that most people's iPods and other MP3 players are filled with music that was NOT downloaded from a for-pay music store.
But even just talking about DRM-ed music, nobody is selling "open" DRM music. Microsoft will license their DRM system to anyone, which is not the same as "open." Apple has so far granted very few licenses, which is not the same as being consumer-friendly to be sure. But let's not pretend this is about open vs. proprietary. This is about whose proprietary format makes more money for its owner.
So far, Apple is winning the battle of the proprietary formats. Will they be smart enough, if they start to slip, to license a wide range of devices that use Fairplay? I sure hope so. Apple needs to decide what types of devices they are going to release, then license some other players in non-competitive markets. The quicker the better, I say. But that's their call, based on their ability to support such licensees and keep control of their business.