Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, the inventor of the MP3 audio format, has given a statement regarding the music e-tailing industry's DRM (Digital Rights Management) schemes. Brandenburg sees the swarm of non-compatible protection methods as a threat for the industry, potentially driving paying customers back to the file sharing services.
"It has slowed the download business for sure, and it's doing the same for the gadget makers," said Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, director of electronic media technologies at the Fraunhofer Institut in Ilemenau, Germany.
... "They didn't listen. Maybe they thought it made commercial sense not to have a standard. It's very strange," he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Popkomm music conference.Source: Reuters