The Economist offers a beautiful writeup on why DRM failed:|
In an open letter entitled ?Thoughts on Music?, even Steve Jobs, Apple?s charismatic boss and chief evangelist, recently called for the elimination of DRM. From this month, Apple?s iTunes will sell EMI?s highest quality recordings (those with sampling rates of 256 kilobits per second) without DRM for a small premium.
Belatedly, music executives have come to realise that DRM simply doesn?t work. It is supposed to stop unauthorised copying, but no copy-protection system has yet been devised that cannot be easily defeated. All it does is make life difficult for paying customers, while having little or no effect on clandestine copying plants that churn out pirate copies.